Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
GROW IN THE DIVINE WISDOM
Job 38:1-11 captures a pivotal moment in the book of Job, this was where God responds to Job's cries for answers in the midst of his suffering. Out of a raging storm, the Lord addresses Job, challenging him and his understanding and reminding him of His divine wisdom and creative power. God asks Job a series of questions that tell Job about God's authority over creation, emphasizing that only He possesses the knowledge to establish the foundations of the earth, set its boundaries, and control the forces of nature. Through these questions, God humbles Job and invites him to trust in His power, acknowledging the greatness of God's wisdom and how little thief human understanding is in comparison. The passage serves as a reminder that, even in the face of suffering and unanswered questions, we can find comfort in the knowledge that our God is in control, holding all things in His hands.
- The Limitations of Human Understanding: God begins His response to Job by questioning his attempt to comprehend the plans and ways of the Almighty. He challenges Job's words without knowledge and reminds him that true wisdom and understanding come from God alone. This point emphasizes the need for humility and trust in God's sovereignty, even when faced with suffering and unanswered questions. God has a perfect and tailor-made plan for every individual, encompassing their past, present, and future. We are called to trust in His plan, knowing that His ways are higher than ours and that He will lead us to fulfillment and purpose.
- God's Sovereignty and Control over Creation: Through a series of questions, God showcases His authority over creation. He speaks of laying the foundations of the earth, measuring its dimensions, and setting its boundaries. God highlights His control over natural forces, such as the sea, by containing it and setting limits for its proud waves. These verses demonstrate God's power to establish order, bring boundaries, and exercise dominion over the forces of nature. The purpose of this point is to instill awe and reverence for God's greatness, reminding us that He is the Creator and sustainer of the universe.
Lord, thank you for this wonderful day you have given us, thank you for allowing us to wake up another day and be able to praise your name. Lord, we recognize our limitations in understanding your plans and ways, we confess that at times we try to comprehend things beyond our capacity and speak without knowledge. Forgive us for our pride and help us to embrace humility, knowing that true wisdom and understanding come from You alone.
Thought for the Day
"The heart that is humble and ready to learn from God will always find His wisdom and guidance."
Epiphany Mar Thoma Church, NY