Daily D – Job 42:1-6
Job 42:1-6 Then Job replied to the Lord: “I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you. You asked, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’ It is I—and I was talking about things I knew nothing about, things far too wonderful for me. You said, ‘Listen and I will speak! I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.’ I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes. I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.” (NLT)
There’s more going on here than we perceive. None of us are smarter than God.
Job and his friends systematized their life experiences and observations and created a theological philosophy to rival any throughout history and superior to most. As clear, concise, and mostly accurate as they were, they missed one piece of the grand puzzle of the universe. You and I most often miss this piece, also.
The missing piece is how no system can contain and adequately, accurately explain God’s greatness, God’s wisdom, God’s majesty. At best, our systems point to God in all of his glory. Never, never, never, however, allow a system to attempt to place God in a box. There is no box that big.
The last three sentences are as inelegant as they are true. Such is the problem of attempting to encapsulate our Creator completely. James Weldon Johnson wrote, “Your arms are too short to box with God.” He was onto something. Short arms, puny brains, and overconfidence are bad combinations for explaining God in all his glory.
God has revealed much of himself. He has presented all we need to know. He has recorded and preserved truth so we can comprehend his wonderful words of life.
At the edges of it all lies a mystery. There are some thoughts we will never untangle here on this side of eternity. It most often requires a trip to the other side to gain contentment with God’s greatness. The sooner we learn to love his mystery, the sooner we can live at peace with life in all its unpredictability.
There comes a moment for all true seekers of truth when we realize we cannot know it all, and this is just as fine as fine can be. When we know God for who he is, we can more wisely approach the varied matters of life and living. We can entrust our ignorance and our miscomprehension to our Father in Heaven who holds us all in the palms of his hands.
I don’t need to know it all because I can depend on the One who does.
I will trust God from the bottom of my heart.
Our Father, better than knowing it all is knowing you. You are my all in all. I love what I know about you. I love what I’m learning. I am comfortable with the mystery beyond my understanding. Thank you for your patience with my ignorance. Thank you for loving me too much to allow me to continue in ignorance. Thank you for the adventure of learning more about you day by day. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.