I've a long way to go, baby!
In my last post, I made reference to the feminist movement of the 60's and 70's. One of the old Virginia Slim's commercials used the slogan: We've come a long way, baby! A great reminder to us women (baby) that things weren't what they used to be!
As I've been listening to the book of Job, I reached a point and my first thought: I've a long way to go, baby! Why? Job's response to the devastation of losing his sons, daughters, livestock and home. Did you know that after he tore his robe and shaved his head (a sign of mourning), he fell to the ground and worshiped? Rewind...he did what? He fell to the ground and worshiped! And, in his worship, he declared "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord."
Okay, wait a minute. I want that. I want to know God like Job knew God so that no matter what devastation and loss comes my way my response is one of worship and one that blesses the name of God.
But wait a minute...as I listen on, Job's devastation doesn't stop there.
Next came sore boils.
Then came friends to sit in silence with him as his physical pain was very great.
They babbled on and on - convinced that Job needed to fess up and get right with God.
After about 10 chapters of listening to these so-called friends go on and on I found myself saying - enough already! Ah, but then God speaks...
Oh my! What God reveals about Himself in the midst of Job's pain, suffering and despair are some of the most incredible insights you'll ever find about God. I believe Job 38-41 are some of my favorite chapters in the Bible. At the beginning of Chapter 41, Job says:
"...I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge? Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. Hear now, and I will speak; I will ask You, and You instruct me. I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye sees You; Therefore I retract, And I repent in dust and ashes." Job 42:1-6
God showed up and revealed Himself to Job in such a way that he "saw" God. In the midst of Job's physical and emotional pain, God spoke to Job and told him wonderful things he did not know. The visual picture that God painted for Job allowed him to "see" God in a fresh and deeper way. Look, see - God's power and might are seen in creation! He is everywhere, he sees everything - He knows everything. I love this one...
"Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said, Who is this that darkens counsel By words without knowledge? Now gird up your loins like a man, And I will ask you, and you instruct Me! Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding, Who set its measurements? Since you know. Or who stretched the line on it? On what were its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone, When the morning stars sang together And all the sons of God shouted for joy? Or who enclosed the sea with doors When, bursting forth, it went out from the womb; When I made a cloud its garment And thick darkness its swaddling band, And I placed boundaries on it And set a bolt and doors, And I said, ‘Thus far you shall come, but no farther; And here shall your proud waves stop’?" Job 38:1-11
Alrighty then. I'm good - how about you? I've a long way to go...but God's compels me through His Word - keep going, come closer, look...see...worship!