Live As God's Servant

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We must trust that God is actively working to make things right, even if we can't see or understand what He's doing.

Pray: 

Lord of creation, You are good and all You do is good. In this fallen world, I trust that You will set all things right.

Read: 

Job 41:1-11

Reflect: 

Do you struggle to trust when injustice seems to prevail?

In this, the last of the four chapters of his speech to Job, God continues to draw Job's attention to the natural world through which, according to Paul, we can see the nature of God (Rom. 1:20). Having confronted Job with the behemoth (40:15), which has been variously understood to be either the hippopotamus or the elephant, God now directs his attention to the leviathan (1), possibly the crocodile. The point of this "show and tell" from God seems to be to remind Job that this is God's world (11), regardless of how it might appear to Job. Just as Jeremiah was reminded about God's power and our small place in the world through watching a potter at work (Jer. 18:1-10), here God uses the natural world for the same teaching.

In a suffering world that has clearly gone wrong, our right response is to remember that this is God's world and to trust that God is actively working to make things right, even if we can't see or understand what he's doing.

Apply: 

Take time today to be in nature, or spend time under the stars tonight. Remember who made it all and rest in him.

Pray: 

Lord, I am small and my understanding is so limited. You who were patient with Job will not give up on me.

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