Scripture Nugget 5.18.2017 (5.19.2017)
Scripture Read Job 39-40
Nugget Job 40:6-14
“Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind: ‘Gird up your loins like a man; I will question you, and you declare to me. Will you even put me in the wrong? Will you condemn me that you may be justified? Have you an arm like God, and can you thunder with a voice like his? Deck yourself with majesty and dignity; clothe yourself with gory and splendor. Pour out the overflowings of your anger, and look on all who are proud, and abase them. Look on all who are proud, and bring them low; tread down the wicked where they stand. Hide them all in the dust together; bind their faces in the world below. Then I will also acknowledge to you that your own right hand can give you victory.’”
Devotional Thought: Bottom line up front: Job cannot save myself! Job is not strong like God, Job can’t speak life into death like God. Job cannot adorn himself with majesty, dignity, glory or splendor. Very simply Job is not God and cannot do the things God does, nor totally understand God’s ways. Job cannot do the tasks God lays out. Job needs a Savior to provide victory. Job does, and so do I, so do you. God’s providence is not predictable, The totality of God’s ways cannot be explained by simplistic formulas and are not easily understood – faith is required. God, not any part of creation, (and certainly not Job, his friends or us) is the center of Creation. The Creator God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) provide justice and mercy as God sees fit. Salvation, is a gift from God, to be accepted on God’s terms. Life with God is to be lived on God’s terms. Faith is required.