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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

LESSONS OF JOB
(Part 34)

LOOKING UP TO THE HEAVENS


December 9, 2009

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).

Further, 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).

Such is our awesome God. He is the Almighty! “The Lord is the eternal God, creator of the ends of the earth.” (Is 40:28b).

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.

At 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).

Who indeed is our God? Do you realize what He does for you?

  • God is “merciful and gracious” (Ps 103:8).
  • God is just and righteous. “The Lord does righteous deeds, brings justice to all the oppressed.” (Ps 103:6).
  • God “pardons all your sins, heals all your ills” (Ps 103:3).
  • God “delivers your life from the pit” (Ps 103:4a).
  • God “surrounds you with love and compassion” (Ps 103:4b).
  • God “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” (Ps 103:2b).

Further, 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.

In 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).

Job 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.

But 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.

“Bless the Lord, my soul;
all my being, bless his holy name!”
(Ps 103:1)


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