Scripture: Job 38-39. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Out of a mighty storm, God spoke to Job. Instead of answering any of Job’s questions, God used Job’s lack of knowledge of the earth’s natural order to reveal his ignorance of God’s moral order, as well. If Job did not understand the way that God’s physical creations worked, he would not be able to understand God’s mind and character either. God told Job that He has all the forces of nature at his command and that he can unleash or restrain them at His will. God also asked Job questions about the animal kingdom, showing what limited knowledge Job really had. God was getting Job to recognize and submit to His power and sovereignty.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
As we have talked about in previous lessons, God is in control of every aspect of our lives. There is no one higher than God. God himself is the standard. Our only option in life is to submit to His authority and rest in knowing that we are in His care. God has all the forces of nature in His control, as well. As pointed out in the scriptures, if we cannot even begin to explain common events in nature, God’s moral purposes may not be what we sometimes imagine, either. God is in control, as He is pointing out in these scriptures. We need to recognize and submit to God’s power and sovereignty; only then can we hear what God is really saying.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, we know that You have complete control in our lives, and we know that You want what is best for us always. Help us to submit to Your authority and follow Your ways for us. Thank you for letting us have peace and rest in Your arms when we are going through troubles. We want to hear Your voice, so please speak with us. Thank you for everything You do for us – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.