Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Key Bible Verse: “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.” (Job 42:3)
Dig Deeper: Job 38-39
Of course, not everything in the cosmos is a source of unbridled delight. The world is a dark place, full of suffering and death. We inevitably have to face the darkness, no matter how hard we try to distract ourselves from it. It’s painful to pay attention to the world.
Job and his friends spend a few lengthy chapters attending to Job’s sufferings, trying to sort out why the things that happened happened. They all think that suffering needs answers. But God shows up and refuses to take part in the debate. He doesn’t affirm the world’s order; he affirms its mysteriousness. God asks a series of questions referencing his work as the Creator: Where were you when I laid the Earth’s foundations? What do you know about the origins of the seas? What do you know about creation’s heights and depths? He lists out a series of creatures, asking why they run, why they fly, why they’re filled with fury and power. It’s almost as if he’s shouting, “Did you notice this? Did you notice that?”
It’s gorgeous poetry — cascading images of creation — that has two effects on the reader. First, we are filled with wide-eyed wonder at the world that surrounds us, and second, we are reminded how inexplicable that world is. We are small creatures in a wondrous creation.
– Mike Cosper in Recapturing the Wonder
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