Outskirts and Whispers

He stretches out the north over the void
    and hangs the earth on nothing.
He binds up the waters in his thick clouds,
    and the cloud is not split open under them.
He covers the face of the full moon
    and spreads over it his cloud.
He has inscribed a circle on the face of the waters
    at the boundary between light and darkness.
The pillars of heaven tremble
    and are astounded at his rebuke.
By his power he stilled the sea;
    by his understanding he shattered Rahab.
By his wind the heavens were made fair;
    his hand pierced the fleeing serpent.
Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways,
    and how small a whisper do we hear of him!
    But the thunder of his power who can understand?” Job 26:7-14

When days are long and trials oppressive, pain chronic and the future bleak, we need look up to be humbled by the greatness, vastness, perfection, and might of our God. He it is who reigns on high above the heavens He upholds, strewn with stars He knows by name. (Psalm 147:4; Isaiah 40:26; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:3)


When relationships strain, communication sours, love grows tepid, we can cast ourselves on the Lover of our souls and draw from His infinite fount of love, compassion, understanding. We can learn to forgive as we have been forgiven, to love others as ourselves and live unselfishly as Jesus. (Psalm 103:8-13; Mark 12:31; Ephesians 4:32; Philippians 2:1-8)

When skills dull and strength of mind diminishes, next steps are unknown, our purpose unclear, we can draw from God’s divine storehouse of wisdom and grace, trust His counsel and guidance, and believe He unfolds His good plans for us. We can rest content in His sovereign order of our circumstances and enabling for our assignments. (Psalm 32:8; Jeremiah 29:11; 2 Corinthians 12:9; Philippians 4:11-13)

Indeed, Almighty God’s paths are beyond tracing out, His presence uncontainable! We know but the outskirts of His infinite ways, respond to whispers of His measureless wisdom and love, yet even these are enough to change us, to redirect our thinking, to fuel our motivation, to energize our efforts, to make effective and eternally fruitful our service. Imagine the transformation of heart and soul as we grow in our understanding, as we penetrate His edges and hear and heed His ever-more-audible voice! What makes us reluctant to draw nearer, go deeper, listen more intently? What causes us to settle on the fringes of knowing God as He can be known?  (1 Kings 8:27; Romans 11:33)

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

‘For who has known the mind of the Lord,
    or who has been his counselor?’
‘Or who has given a gift to him
    that he might be repaid?’

For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:33-36

Oh Lord, cause me to hunger to know You ever better and more! Keep me worshiping You alone. Teach me Your ways, and grant me strength to live them out. Draw me high and deep, feed me till I want no more, and mold me till I am like Thee.

One thought on “Outskirts and Whispers”

  1. Yes! I love Job 26:7-14. To remember the greatness of our God, God of the universe and beyond, surely humbles me, and amazes me by His incredible love – why He loves me so?


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