8 AUG

2017

TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY

God’s greatness (3)

‘Can you make lightning appear and cause it to strike as you direct?’ Job 38:35 NLT

Job was going through a really rough time. Satan had thought that Job was only a good, righteous man because God had blessed him, and that if he had to face real difficulties, he’d turn against God. So God had granted Satan permission to test this out. First, Job’s animals, servants and children were all killed on the same day. But after hearing the terrible news, Job still said, ‘may the name of the LORD be praised’ (Job 1:21 NIV). Then Job was attacked with painful sores all over his skin. His wife encouraged him to turn against God, but Job refused, even though he was suffering terribly. Job couldn’t understand why he was having to go through all of this suffering, and God never gives Job an answer to that question. We know the reason for Job’s suffering, but Job himself has no idea. Instead, God asks Job a number of questions, such as ‘Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?’ (Job 38:4 NLT); ‘Can you make lightning appear and cause it to strike as you direct?’ (Job 38:35 NLT); ‘Have you ever commanded the morning to appear and caused the dawn to rise in the east?’ (Job 38:12 NLT). God’s pointing out that Job doesn’t have God’s power or understanding, and Job realises that his own knowledge and understand just can’t compare. God goes on to bless Job for his faithfulness. So what can we learn from this? Sometimes when we’re facing difficulties, we won’t understand why. But it’s important for us to keep praising and trusting God through the tough times. His understanding of the situation and the way He’s working is far more complicated than we can understand with our limited human knowledge.

What now?
If something goes wrong for you today (even if it’s something small), say to God,’ I choose to trust You and praise You, whatever situation I’m in.’

Job 34=35, 1 Cor 8

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