Updated: Jul 15, 2020
We continue our study of Job. This week in worship, we will use Job 31:35-37; 38:1-11, 25-27.
O that I had one to hear me! (Here is my signature! Let the Almighty answer me!) O that I had the indictment written by my adversary! Surely I would carry it on my shoulder; I would bind it on me like a crown; I would give him an account of all my steps; like a prince I would approach him.
Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind: ‘Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me. ‘Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone when the morning stars sang together and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy? ‘Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb?— when I made the clouds its garment, and thick darkness its swaddling band, and prescribed bounds for it, and set bars and doors, and said, “Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stopped”? ‘Who has cut a channel for the torrents of rain, and a way for the thunderbolt, to bring rain on a land where no one lives, on the desert, which is empty of human life, to satisfy the waste and desolate land, and to make the ground put forth grass?
Music for Reflection from Jim Rowe, Minister of Music
Job continues to speak to the power of God and the details and complexity of Creation, wondering what place he has in it. He continues to cling to his belief that God will remember all that he did for God and the charity he bestowed on God’s suffering children with the blessings he received from God.
Like Job, we feel forgotten when we are sinking and drowning in our problems and fear. But God has promised to be with us no matter the situation. God lifts us up to face those times and offers peace to comfort the soul that cries out.
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