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Read Job 1:6-12, chapters 38-41, 45:1-4
Job 38: 1-3
"Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, 'Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.'"
In Job 38:1 God speaks out of the whirlwind because back in Job 9:17 Job was afraid that God would crush him. So, God shows He is not there to destroy him, but is breaking him into submission because he's going to restore him into being God's servant--in the role he is designed to be!
And God speaks to us today in this very way--out of a tempest--He will cause His chosen ones to submit so we can finally serve Him and let God be the Great I Am.
In verse 2, the theme is set for God to speak to Job. Job "darkens the counsel of the LORD. " God also challenges Job to teach Him, and this will wake Job up into seeing the consequences of Job's demands and trying be God's equal. It's all good.
Are you daring to meet God on equal footing or trying to claim the throne that belongs to God when you go through your own trials? I think we all can be guilty of it.
Feeling doubtful and hopeless about God's ability to take care of our needs--and the needs of those around us--comes from this awareness of our own limitations. God and His resources are not limited by anyone or anything. He sets the limits for us, and He sets the limits for evil. And that makes all the difference in our trust and peace.
I do believe...I do believe...keep saying it until you do.
Love and Peace & Praying for Joy,