THE SERVANT GENERAL
LESSONS OF JOB
LOOKING UP TO THE HEAVENS
Look up to the sky on a clear night and what do you see? No,
let me restate that question. What don’t you see? What
you do not see are the billions and billions of stars, planets,
and other celestial bodies. It is an awesome universe out
there! Evolutionists says the ordered universe emerged out
of the big bang and happened just by chance. No way! The expanse,
orderliness, balance, grandeur and mystery of the universe
can only be the work of a supernatural Being. Looking up to
the sky and pondering the universe should point us to the
Creator. “Life up your eyes on high and see who has
created these” (Is 40:26a).
with our most powerful telescopes, how many stars have we
found, counted and named? A minutely small number compared
to what is out there. But in the case of the Creator, “He
leads out their army and numbers them, calling them all by
name. By his great might and the strength of his power not
one of them is missing!” (Is 40:26b).
is our awesome God. He is the Almighty! “The Lord is
the eternal God, creator of the ends of the earth.”
A starting point in our proper relationship with God is beginning
to understand who He is. He is other-worldly, He is eternal,
He transcends time and space, He is all-powerful, He is unlike
our idols and other gods. “To whom can you liken me
as an equal? says the Holy One.” (Is 40:25). As such,
our proper posture is reverential fear and humility.
the same time, and this is the really amazing reality, this
awesome Creator-God is concerned about us, even though we
are as nothing before the vast majesty of the universe. Rather
than giving in to despair and hopelessness in our affliction
in the world, saying “My way is hidden from the Lord,
and my right is disregarded by my God” (Is 40:27b),
we need to see the reality of how God acts in our lives. “He
gives strength to the fainting; for the weak he makes vigor
abound.” (Is 40:29).
indeed is our God? Do you realize what He does for you?
God is “merciful and gracious” (Ps 103:8).
is just and righteous. “The Lord does righteous deeds,
brings justice to all the oppressed.” (Ps 103:6).
“pardons all your sins, heals all your ills”
“delivers your life from the pit” (Ps 103:4a).
“surrounds you with love and compassion” (Ps
“fills your days with good things” (Ps 103:5a).
When we face life’s challenges, when we suffer and are
afflicted, we must always remember the great Creator-God who
cares for us. We must constantly count our blessings, big
and small. We must never “forget all the gifts of God”
this Creator-God has a face. It is the face of Jesus. God
came down from His lofty throne and dwelt among us. God became
one of us. In fact, God suffered and died for us. God knows
what our suffering is like.
identifying with us, in showing us our proper posture, Jesus
was “meek and humble of heart” (Mt 11:29b). In
helping us in our affliction, Jesus invites us: “Come
to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give
you rest.” (Mt 11:28). In fact, Jesus, as he has already
done with the cross, bears the yoke with us and for us, as
we walk in his ways and obey his commands. “Take my
yoke upon you .... and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” (Mt 11:29-30).
As we look up to the heavens, as we learn from Jesus, we are
continually challenged with the question: “Do you not
know or have you not heard?” (Is 40:28a).
suffered greatly and he could not understand why. God did
not explain but simply pointed to His great majesty. At this
Job replied: “I have dealt with great things that I
do not understand; things too wonderful for me, which I cannot
know.” (Job 42:3). We will never fully know the extent
and grandeur of the universe. We will never fully understand
the mystery of God’s love, by which He sent Jesus to
suffer and die for us. We will never have the full answer
to why we, especially the blameless and upright, suffer in
the world, while the wicked seem to prosper.
that is how it should be, for we are not God. But when we
simply accept Jesus and the salvation that he brings, that
should be enough. “I had heard of you by word of mouth,
but now my eye has seen you.” (Job 42:5). Our eyes will
be opened, as we behold the awesome Creator-God who also is
the suffering servant.
the Lord, my soul;
all my being, bless his holy name!”
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