Read: Chapters 37-41 of the book of Job

“Who then is he who can stand before me? Who has first given to me, that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine.” (Job 41:10b-11)

Let me give you a simple challenge. Slowly read Job 37 until 41 in one sitting.

Rest briefly, then read the passage a second time. Try to chew on every word, and you’ll notice your heart begin to throb.

After all the characters’ exchanges and speculations, God could no longer remain silent! He could not be stopped!

For every question that God asks in return, the only way we could respond is to keep our heads low, and say the exact same words that Job uttered:

“Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth. I have spoken once, and I will not answer; twice, but I will proceed no further.” (Job 40:4-5)

Suffering as if drains every ounce of strength from us. We cry out in our anguish. We weep in our prayers.

In every sobbing, we hold on to our bosom to somehow alleviate the lingering pain. But have we ever considered to pause and begin listening to God?

Have we been letting God be truly God in our lives?

Or, have we been putting all the burden upon ourselves?

The greatest tragedy, I believe, is to focus all our energies in solving every known human problem yet miss out on God altogether.

We need to get to our senses and recognize that sovereignty, righteous justice, steadfast love, mercy, holiness and grace are all wrapped together at the very heart of God.

Therefore, he is always able to carry out his plans for each of us, above and beyond we can ask or imagine. So I exhort you to be still… and let God be God!

Prayer Focus: “O Lord, forgive me for trusting in my own wisdom and doing things on my own. Today, I surrender and relinquish all my rights over your able, sovereign hands. Amen.”

 

Reflection Questions:

  1. Reflecting upon your own painful experiences, what does pain and suffering often do to our hearts?
  2. Contemplate on what happened in the past few weeks (and even months), has it been “easy” to relinquish control of our circumstances to God? Why? (Or why not?)