THE SERVANT GENERAL
LESSONS OF JOB
HOPE, JOY AND TRUST IN AN AWESOME GOD -- 2
Today’s psalm (Psalm 33) again brings together what
the Lord has been teaching us from 2007 until the present,
through the themes and aspects of the themes that He has given
starting point is the reality that God is Almighty! He is
the awesome Creator-God. “By the Lord’s word the
heavens were made; by the breath of his mouth all their host.”
(v.6). God challenged Job: “And who shut within doors
the sea” (Job 38:8a), to which the psalmist, acknowledging
God, would now respond: “The waters of the sea were
gathered as in a bowl” (v.7a).
the Almighty, God is all-powerful. He created the vast universe
with but a word. He keeps the billions of stars in their place,
manifesting a great divine order in all the heavens. “For
he spoke, and it came to be, commanded, and it stood in place.”
the Almighty, “pre-eminent in power and judgment”
(Job 37:23b), God is all-wise, and His wisdom is way beyond
ours, as far as the heavens from the earth. His ways are not
our ways. God challenged Job: “Do you know the ordinances
of the heavens; can you put into effect their plan on the
earth?” (Job 38:33). This in fact is our problem. We
have our own plans, our own ways, apart from God’s eternal
designs. And so we fail. “The Lord foils the plan of
nations, frustrates the designs of peoples.” (v.10).
What actually should our proper posture be before such an
awesome God? It is awe. It is humility. It is reverential
fear. “Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all who
dwell in the world show reverence.” (v.8).
here is a reality that is startling: this awesome Creator-God,
the Almighty, all-wise and all-powerful, is interested in
us! We are His beloved creatures. He cares about our well-being.
As such, He watches over us. “From heaven the Lord looks
down and observes the whole human race.” (v.13). Awesome!
is concerned about us because He created us and because He
rules over us. He is our Creator and our King. As Creator,
He desires only our good. As Creator, He knows us and how
we tick. “The one who fashioned the hearts of them all
knows all their works.” (v.15). As King, again He desires
only our good. He is our protector and provider. As such,
He spends His time “surveying from the royal throne
all who dwell on earth.” (v.14).
As the Almighty and as King, God is just and righteous.
“He loves righteousness and justice” (v.5a,RSV).
God is not a despot. He is not arbitrary in His ways. He is
perfect, holy, and all-loving.
Creator, God formed us in His image and likeness. As King,
He desires that we walk in His ways and imitate Him. As we
look to Him and find joy in who He is, we see that God calls
us to be just and righteous as well. “Rejoice, you just,
in the Lord” (v.1a,NAB); “Rejoice in the Lord,
O you righteous!” (v.1a,RSV).
the Lord is for our good. This enables the all-wise God to
work out His eternal plan in us. We simply need to surrender
ourselves to Him, knowing that “the plan of the Lord
stands forever, wise designs through all generations.”
God has made many promises to us His people. He is committed
to our welfare and to give us a future full of hope. He is
faithful and will bring to completion what He has started
in us. “For the Lord’s word is true; all his works
are trustworthy.” (v.4).
So God has His plan for us. And being all-powerful, He can
carry out His design. We simply need to respond. Many times
we face woe because of our disobedience and going our own
way. If we only let God have His way with us, then we would
be fulfilled. If we only allow God to rule over our lives,
then we will be well provided for. “Happy the nation
whose God is the Lord, the people chosen as his very own.”
then do we proceed? Again we must know that He is God and
we are mere creatures. This places us in a right relationship
with our Creator and King. Many times we act as if we owned
our lives and had no one to account to but ourselves. We look
to our own wisdom and strength. These inevitably fail, and
we are led to perdition and ruin. “A king is not saved
by a mighty army, nor a warrior delivered by great strength.
Useless is the horse for safety; its great strength, no sure
realizing God is the Almighty, our response is awe. It is
reverential fear. This is the proper response of creatures
to the Creator, of subjects to the King. We know that on our
own we are nothing. We are totally dependent upon God. When
we look to God in this way, when we look to no one else except
Him, then His favor will rest on us. “But the Lord’s
eyes are upon the reverent, upon those who hope for his gracious
in this world is a valley of tears. There are many afflictions.
For some, like Job or the writer of Lamentations, the afflictions
are severe. On our own we are helpless against the onslaught
of evil, oppression and injustice. All the more then that
we turn to God. Only He is the Savior, the deliverer, the
restorer. God is the all-powerful One who loves His people,
“delivering them from death, keeping them alive in times
of famine.” (v.19).
As we put ourselves in right relationship with God, as we
realize who He is and what He does for us, this should lead
us to gratitude and worship. “Give thanks to the Lord
on the harp; on the ten-stringed lyre offer praise. Sing to
God a new song; skillfully play with joyful chant.”
(v.2-3). We can never thank God enough for all His blessings.
We acknowledge all that He is by our worship. As God works
His wonders in us, forming and transforming us to His ways,
leading us to be just and righteous as He is, bringing us
to redemption, then indeed “praise from the upright
is fitting.” (v.1b).
as we worship and place our lives in God’s hands where
they properly belong, then we will have hope, joy and trust.
These are the proper responses of people who have the Almighty
Creator and the all-powerful King taking care of them. We
need never be afraid again. Our God provides for us and protects
us. “Our soul waits for the Lord, who is our help and
we “put our hope in (the Lord)” (v.22b). Thus
“in God our hearts rejoice” (v.21a). Thus in
Jesus’ “holy name we trust.” (v.21b).
hope, joy and trust in the Almighty God who is just and righteous,
we have everything we will ever need in life.
Our theme for 2010.
 Our theme for 2007.
 Our theme for 2008.
 Our theme for 2009.
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