THE SERVANT GENERAL
LESSONS OF JOB
IS THE LORD!
How does God get our attention? Especially in our current
milieu of many worldly distractions? How does God get us to
appreciate who He is, a God of power and might? How often
would we look up to the heavens on a clear night, to contemplate
the vastness and greatness of His created universe? How often
do we thank Him for our life, the shelter of our homes, the
food on our tables? And in the giant leaps of mankind in the
fields of technology, how do we come to realize that we are
really nothing apart from God, and helpless without His aid?
has become haughty. He looks to his great accomplishments.
And he is unmindful of the God who is the source of all gifts.
How can God once again humble man, for his own good?
floods last Saturday brought to us the stark realization of
our own helplessness in the face of nature's onslaught. But
the waters are under God's control. "Thus far shall you
come but no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stilled!"
(Job 38:11). God allowed the floods in order to catch our
attention, in order to teach us, in order to humble us. If
we learn the lessons God wants to teach us, then the suffering
wrought by the floods would have been a blessing.
is our God? He is the mighty and powerful King. "The
Lord is king, robed with majesty; the Lord is robed, girded
with might. The flood has raised up, Lord; the flood has raised
up its roar; the flood has raised its pounding waves. More
powerful than the roar of many waters, more powerful than
the breakers of the sea, powerful in the heavens is the Lord."
it then surprising that calamities bring people to God? When
there are calamities, the churches are packed. Unfortunately,
after a while, people are back to their old ways, unmindful
of God, relying on themselves, happily going about their own
ways apart from the ways of God. And so time and again God
reminds us. For our own good.
we see the power of nature, we must see the power of God.
When we realize our helplessness against the onslaught of
the floods, we must realize our helplessness without He who
has power over nature. Then we must be led to worship God,
and acknowledge in humility who He is and who we are. He is
mighty King, and our lives are totally in His hands. We can
trust in Him. "God is our refuge and our strength, an
ever-present help in distress. Though its waters rage and
foam and mountains totter at its surging. The Lord of hosts
is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob." (Ps
people have suffered a devastating flood. God allowed it.
Rest assured, God loves our people very much, and has a great
plan for our land, to be a light to the world. If our suffering
leads us to a greater realization of who God is, if it leads
us to prayer and worship, if it makes us place our lives totally
in His care, if we become mindful of all our blessings despite
the problems of life, then what has happened to us is truly
voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders,
the Lord, over the mighty waters. The voice of the Lord is
power; the voice of the Lord is splendor. The Lord sits enthroned
above the flood! The Lord reigns as king forever! May the
Lord give might to his people; may the Lord bless his people
with peace!" (Ps 29:3-4,10-11)..
the Lord always be your consolation and strength.
to me life is Christ, and death is gain." (Phil 1:21)
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