Where Were You?
By: Bev Sparling
January 15, 2016
“But I tell you, in this you are not right, for God is greater than man.” (Job 33:12)
You know that God is the creator of the world. You know that He loves you with an everlasting love. You know that His plans for you are good. You know that the Word of God is true. You know that Jesus sacrificed His life in your place on the cross. You know all of that – and still…putting that knowledge into practice every day can be tough.
Another trade? Another move? Another injury? Another unfair article in the newspaper? Another week alone with the kids? Have you ever found yourself arguing with God about something? Upset that He didn’t do things the way you had planned? Accusing Him of not caring? Telling Him that He made a mistake? Explaining to Him why you had to do what you did, and why it wasn’t really sin? Praying that He would see things your way and do YOUR will? Bargaining with the Maker of the universe?
If so, you’re not alone. Even Job, a man described as “blameless and upright” began to question God during the lowest moments of his life. Why? Because his focus had become too narrow and too self-absorbed – he forgot some vital truths.
So, in Job chapters 38-41, God asked him some rhetorical questions to help put things back into their true perspective: “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundations? Who marked off its dimension? Who stretched a measuring line across it? Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from its womb? Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place? Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep? What is the way to the abode of light? And where does darkness reside? Do you send the lightning bolts on their way? Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons? Do you know the laws of the heavens? Do you give the horse his strength or clothe his neck with a flowing mane? Does the eagle soar at your command and build his nest on high? Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him?”
Wow! Right?! My God is all-knowing, all-wise, all-powerful and altogether wonderful. He’s GOD – and I’m not. He gets to make the decisions, and He’s always right. He also loves me enough to do what’s best for me despite my complaints and pleas to the contrary, and will always be there to help me every step of the way.
Amazing love – amazing grace!