The Father is God, we are not

The Father is God, we are not

Stop and consider God’s wonders. – Job 37:14

Job 37:14-24

 14 Listen to this, O Job, Stand and consider the wonders of God.

 15 Do you know how God controls the storm and causes the lightning to flash from his clouds?

 16 Do you understand how he moves the clouds with wonderful perfection and skill?

 17 When you are sweltering in your clothes and the south wind dies down and everything is still,

 18 he makes the skies reflect the heat like a bronze mirror. Can you do that?

 19 So teach the rest of us what to say to God. We are too ignorant to make our own arguments.

 20 Should God be notified that I want to speak? Can people even speak when they are confused?

 21 We cannot look at the sun, for it shines brightly in the sky when the wind clears away the clouds.

 22 So also, golden splendor comes from the mountain of God. He is clothed in dazzling splendor.

 23 We cannot imagine the power of the Almighty; but even though he is just and righteous, he does not destroy us.

 24 No wonder people everywhere fear him. All who are wise show him reverence.

Goosebumps go by different names including goose pimples, goose flesh, goose bumples, horripilation, and piloerection. The medical term is cutis anserine (cutis means skin and anser means goose). Goosebumps are a skin response, a temporary change in its texture from smooth to bumpy. They are the result of the contraction of the piloerector muscles, triggered autonomously by the sympathetic nervous system.

Goosebumps erupt often when we are extremely cold. Goosebumps occur in unpleasant situations such as fear, or perhaps more accurately, horror. Goosebumps often arise during awesome experiences. When things occur that give us “chills.” When we are spiritually or emotionally moved. Their eruption is often concurrent with awe, pride, exhilaration, listening to music, and excitement of experiencing God.

Fallen humanity is incapable of comprehending the marvels of the creation and the creator God, the Father who made them all.

“It is good to remind ourselves that the Lord is God and we are not. He is the Creator; we are the created. He is the Original; we are the image. He is our Friend, but absolutely not our peer” (Stanley).

Job 37:14-16

 14 Pay attention to this, Job. Stop and consider the wonderful miracles of God!

 15 Do you know how God controls the storm and causes the lightning to flash from his clouds?

 16 Do you understand how he moves the clouds with wonderful perfection and skill?

The Father’s creation appears without end. In the book of Job, Elihu one of his friends points this out to him. He reminds Job that the Father alone is God, and Job is not. The Father is unlimited and all-powerful. The Father has perfect knowledge. Elihu is totally awed by the Father, the living God. He fixates on the Father’s majesty and perfection in all that He thinks and does. Elihu reminds Job that we as humans, can’t begin to understand the complexity of the Father and His creation.

Job 37:22 God is clothed with awesome majesty.

Elihu challenges Job to consider the Father’s awesome majesty as Job struggles with his losses. He warns Job against giving into arrogant conceit.

Job 37:24 All who are wise show him reverence. He does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.

Ultimately there are only two responses to the majestic glory of the eternal, omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent God. Either people are wise and respect the Father, or they are conceded, wise in their own eyes, and turn away from the Father.

No matter what we’re going through, the Father is God. He is always at work even though we cannot see it or understand what He does.

Job 5:9 He does great things too marvelous to understand. He performs countless miracles.

Contemplating the Father and all that He is, and all that He has done and all that He is doing should give the children of the King chills. He is totally awesome!

REFLECT & PRAY

The Father is always at work. As we observe and recognize His handiwork and creativity, we are awed and moved to worship Him. His awesome intelligence and splendor give us chills.

Father thank You magnificent creation. Thank You that even when we cannot see You, You are at work in our lives. Empower me to see You with the eyes of faith.

INSIGHT

Our God is an awesome God. He reigns from heaven above

With wisdom pow’r and love. Our God is an awesome God

Deuteronomy 10:17 For the LORD your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God

The Hebrew word translated as awesome is yare. Yare means to inspire awe, reverence, or fear.

Job and his friends Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar enter into three rounds of heated discussion, they finally reach an impasse regarding theodicy, the question of why a good God permits evil. Elihu, being the youngest, waited for his turn to speak and now chimes in with his insights (Job 32-37).

Elihu spotlights the Father’s power, majesty, and sovereignty. He challenges Job to “consider the wonderful miracles” (Job 37:14). The Father governs His creation. Job is challenged to explain the inexplicable, the Father’s control of the clouds, lightning, winds, skies, and sun (Job 37:15-24). Such majesty and perfection compel the children of the King to revere the Father.

Job 37:14 Pay attention to this, Job. Stop and consider the wonderful miracles of God!

Hebrews 11:1-3

 3 Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.

 2 Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.

 3 By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.

Hebrews 11:6 It is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

The Father is God and we are not!

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© Dr. H 2022

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