How Great


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Then the Lord answered Job out of the storm.  He said:  Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge?  Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.  Where were you when I laid earth’s foundation?  Tell me, if you understand.  Who marked off its dimensions?  Surely you know!  Who stretched a measuring line across it?  On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone – while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?  Who shut up the sea behind doors with it burst forth from the womb, when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness, when i fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place, when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt’? ~ Job 38:1-11

Sometimes I forget what an incredible God it is that I serve.  I mean, seriously.  I tend to go about my days on this little ball full of people and water and land floating a long and spinning at an alarming rate, all the while keeping a safe distance from this great big ball of fire that lights our little ball as we spin on.

It gets a bit overwhelming at times.

And then you go read in Job, and God starts talking to Job.  But here’s one of the parts that I love.  It doesn’t say that God talks to Job after he’s recovered from everything.  It says that God talks to Job through the storm.  This stuff you’re going through, Job?  I’m right here with ya, buddy.  I have been the whole time.  And I’ve let you wonder and question and even listen to your ridiculous friends and their even more ridiculous opinions about what’s going on.  But here’s the deal.  Did you create the earth?  Do you know exactly how big it is?  Do you tell the oceans where to start and stop?  Have you entered the storehouses of snow or seen the storehouses of the hail?  Who are you?  But the better question, Job, is this:  Who am I?

And that’s the part I forget.  When we start to question the steps it takes to get from point A to point B; when we start to doubt His plan; when we start to pave our own way, it seems as though God always pops in and asks us: Who am I?

He’s greater than anything we could ever imagine.  He’s stronger than any strength we’ve ever seen.  His power is unending, and His grace changes the world.  And it’s in the Book of Job, one of the most heartbreaking stories in the Bible, one of the books that makes you question what in the world He’s doing, that He speaks to us through the storm.  And He says, I know what I’m doing, Julie.  I hung those clouds in the sky.  I laid the earth that you walk on.

You are never alone.

I’ve got my hand in all of this.  And I know that some days it’s not so great.  But I am with you.  Who am I?  Let me show you.  Just continue to walk with me.  I’ll lead the way.

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