July 9 | Daily Devotion

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Lectio Divina

“You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.” ~Job 42:3

I’m one of those passengers who prefer a window seat, especially when traveling overseas. I like to gaze below at Lake Michigan as we depart from Chicago and follow the St. Lawrence River Valley out to the Atlantic Ocean. I’m not sure how many times I have made the trek, but I still look down with wonder and awe at the beauty, mystery, and vastness of God’s creation. Even then, I’m only seeing a portion of God’s world. Below the surface of the untamed oceans, more marvels lie hidden. Creation evokes in me a sense of wonder.

God answers Job’s question, “Why am I suffering?” by pointing him to the greatness of God as manifested in creation. While man can explore the created world, there are mysteries he has yet to unravel. Even thousands of years after Job’s story was penned, that is still true.[1] And while man has been able to subdue much of creation, there are still powers that are impossible to tame. Men and women risk their lives taking on the natural world. Just watch an episode of Deadliest Catch! That this amazing, powerful world brings grown men to their knees tells us something about God. We can know Him, but we cannot fully understand Him. His power is greater then anything we can really relate to. Consequently, Job receives a mild rebuke, not for maintaining his innocence but for failing to appreciate the greatness of God. His ways are beyond comprehension.

Sometimes, God allows things into our lives that He does not fully explain, at least not immediately. But He can be trusted. He is wise and powerful, we have only to look at creation to see that! And He is good. Look at how things turn out for Job in the end! As James the Elder put it: “You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy” (Jas. 5:11).

[1] A Modern Mystery: Hebrew scholars are not in complete agreement on the precise identification of the creatures behemoth and leviathan, although the most widely accepted explanation is the crocodile (behemoth) and the whale (leviathan). Numerous other suggestions have been postulated.

Lectio Divina is written by F. Lionel Young III, who serves as the senior pastor of Calvary Church in Valparaiso, Indiana. He is the author of A New Kind of Missionary, a popular introduction to global Christianity.