"Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm. He said: 'Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep? Have the gates of death been shown to you? Have you seen the gates of the shadow of death ? Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth? Tell me, if you know all this.'" — Job 38:1, 16-18 (NIV)
Job had experienced the worst devastation anyone can experience — not only the loss of all property but also the deaths of all his children. Job, understandably, wants God to tell him why this has happened to him. God's answer is a powerful reminder to us that God is God, and we are not. It can be uncomfortable and even disheartening to not get a direct answer to the question, "Why did this happen to me?" and only hear about God's almighty power. But the good news in these verses is not only that God is in control but also that God answered Job. God may not have given Job (or us) the answer he wanted, but God spoke. God could have chosen not to speak and still remained almighty God. Yet, God did choose to speak, and still chooses to speak "out of the storm" into our lives to remind us that God is here for us.
Prayer: Holy God, in the midst of the storms of our life You still come to us to speak to us. Keep us mindful that Your ways are not our ways but that we are always in Your care. Amen.
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