The Answer Is God [Job 38]

1Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,
    2"Who is this that darkens counsel
         By words without knowledge?
    3"Now gird up your loins like a man,
         And I will ask you, and you instruct Me!
    4"Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
         Tell Me, if you have understanding,
    5Who set its measurements? Since you know.
         Or who stretched the line on it?
    6"On what were its bases sunk?
         Or who laid its cornerstone,
    7When the morning stars sang together
         And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

What a wonderful series of questions God asked Job!  He started big, with the foundation of the earth.  Job had a fairly good understanding of the vastness of God.  I am sure his heart was answering, "You, God.  You alone," to the first questions.  But each of God's questions became a little closer to Job.  What about the ocean, the light and darkness, the snow, the hail, the rain, the ice?  All of these were obvious to Job.  But what about the lion? "Can you hunt the prey for the lion, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions, when they crouch in their dens and lie in wait in their lair?"  v. 39-40. And what about the eagle? "Who prepares for the raven its nourishment when its young cry to God and wander about without food?" v. 41. Now God hit closer to Job's deep questions.  Is God personable enough, near enough, to care about the young eagle that cries out for food? 

It is too bad that we have chapter divisions but maybe this too is good.  I have a tendency to rush on for the final answer but perhaps He is calling us to stop and ponder these questions today.  What do I think about God?  Do I think He cares about the baby eagle?  That He takes precious time to feed him?  Jesus asked the crowds to consider these things also.  And He left them with a similar question to ponder, "Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?"  Matthew 6:26.

We praise You, God, that You are our Heavenly Father who cares about every little detail of a bird's life.  You take the time to feed him; You consider it a valuable thing to do.  Cause me to believe this today because I just don't believe that You care about such little stuff.  Thank You that I am worth much more than a little bird for which You tenderly care.

Verna McCrillis, 4/13/2010