Wearied by the empty words of Job’s bloviating friends, God speaks to him directly. Using a series of rhetorical questions spanning four chapters, God helps Job gain the proper perspective:
“Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades,
Or loose the belt of Orion?
Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season?
Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs?
Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
Can you set their dominion over the earth?
Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
That an abundance of water may cover you?
Can you send out lightnings, that they may go,
And say to you, ‘Here we are!’?”
We seldom give thought to the spectacular night sky with its meticulous order as stars, constellations and galaxies appear according to preordained design in the right place at the right time without deviation.
Even the drama of a thunderstorm with brilliant and spectacular lightning is associated with the mundane in life; but, God’s rhetorical line of questioning forces us to acknowledge that we have no real power over the forces of nature.
Yet, God controls all of these details—from the infinite expanse of deep space—down to the very location a lightning strike occurs.
Since He maintains precise control over areas of life we take for granted, we can choose to trust God with every detail of our daily experience.
Make it a point to seek God’s wisdom as you face the unique circumstances that characterize your life.
And, if you need a reminder of God’s care, spend an evening gazing into the night sky or chasing a storm; God’s handiwork is spectacular!
1) The Pleiades. By Rawastrodata [GFDL (gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
2) Photo of Orion Belt with the stars Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka. By Davide De Martin (skyfactory.org); Credit: Digitized Sky Survey, ESA/ESO/NASA FITS Liberator [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
3) Constellation Ursa Major, the Great Bear. By Till Credner (Own work: AlltheSky.com) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
4) Lightning display off the coast of Tel Aviv, Israel. By Danny Baltuch, 2012 Pikiwiki Israel [CC BY 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
© Charles E. McCracken 2016, devotional comments only. Repost/Reprint with permission from the author. Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.