Our Daily Bread: Forwarded
- READ: Job 38:1-11,31-33 Appended
Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you set their dominion over the
earth? —Job 38:33
For all of us who, like Job, have suffered through tragedy and then dared to
aim our questions at God, chapter 38 of Job’s book should give us plenty to
think about. Imagine what it must have felt like for the great man of the East
when “out of the whirlwind” he heard God say, “Who is this who darkens counsel
by words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question
you, and you shall answer Me” (vv.1-3). Gulp!
Job must have felt as puny as an ant. As God unveiled His questions in the
verses that follow, what He said was as unexpected as it was powerful. He
didn’t really answer Job’s “why” questions. Instead, God seemed to be telling
him to notice the power and might with which He created this world and to
observe His ability to control every element of it. Isn’t that reason enough to
trust God? Job should have been asking himself.
As one example of His awesome power, God pointed to the sky and told Job to
observe two of His awe-inspiring creations: Pleiades and Orion (v.31).
Highlighting His grandeur and man’s relative insignificance, God mentioned two
constellations that demonstrate power beyond our understanding.
This is Someone we can trust. If He has the stars in His hands, surely He can
take care of us as well. —Dave Branon
Creator of the universe
Who reigns in awesome majesty:
How can it be You love and care
For such a one as me? —Sper
He who holds the stars in space holds His people in His hands.
The LORD Speaks 1 Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:
2 “Who is this that obscures my plans
with words without knowledge?
3 Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.
4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
6 On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone—
7 while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels[a] shouted for joy?
8 “Who shut up the sea behind doors
when it burst forth from the womb,
9 when I made the clouds its garment
and wrapped it in thick darkness,
10 when I fixed limits for it
and set its doors and bars in place,
11 when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther;
here is where your proud waves halt’?
1. Job 38:7 Hebrew the sons of God
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31 “Can you bind the chains[a] of the Pleiades?
Can you loosen Orion’s belt?
32 Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons[b]
or lead out the Bear[c] with its cubs?
33 Do you know the laws of the heavens?
Can you set up God’s[d] dominion over the earth?
1. Job 38:31 Septuagint; Hebrew beauty
2. Job 38:32 Or the morning star in its season
3. Job 38:32 Or out Leo
4. Job 38:33 Or their
- READ: Psalm 31:9-15
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; my eye wastes away with grief, yes, my soul and my body! —Psalm 31:9
Today marks the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the US on
September 11, 2001. It’s hard to think about that date without mental
images of the destruction, grief, and loss that swept over America and
the world following those tragic events. The loss of thousands of lives
was compounded by the depth of loss felt corporately—a lost sense of
security as a country. The sorrow of loss, personal and corporate, will
always accompany the memory of the events of that day.
Those horrific events are not the only painful memories of September 11. It
also marks the anniversary of my father-in-law’s death. Jim’s loss is
felt deeply within our family and
his circle of friends.
No matter what kind of sorrow we experience, there is only one real
comfort—the mercy of God. David, in his own heartache, cried to his
heavenly Father, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; my eye wastes away with grief, yes, my soul and my body!” (Ps. 31:9). Only in the mercy of God can we find comfort for our pain and peace for our troubled hearts.
In all losses, we can turn to the true Shepherd, Jesus Christ, who alone can heal our brokenness and grief. —Bill Crowder
We have a Friend
who’ll never leave,
Who’s closer than a brother;
He’s there to meet our deepest needs,
To comfort like no other. —Sper
When God permits suffering, He also provides comfort.