“Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:
‘Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
Dress for action like a man;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.
‘Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone,
when the morning stars sang together
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?’..
“Then Job answered the Lord and said:
‘I know that you can do all things,
and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
“Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?”
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
“Hear, and I will speak;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.”
I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,
but now my eye sees you;
therefore I despise myself,
and repent in dust and ashes.’” Job 38:1-7; 42:1-6
One of the most powerful characteristics of Job is that in all his loss and suffering of body and soul, he never stopped his ears to the Lord. He who had responded to unimaginable grief and affliction with worship was the same blameless and upright Job who listened to the God he feared. Wrestling with his Lord, and soaking in his Lord, his whole being was saturated with a high view of this God who spoke out of the whirlwind. (Job 1:1,20-22)
Letting God sink into our inadequacies, our confusion, our pain, our fears, is to allow Him space to show His love and graces off. Job wrestled, cried, and agonized with brutal, honest questions, and through these discovered in the Lord an indescribable wonderful he hadn’t imagined, and vast beauty he hadn’t seen.
Into what circumstances, what unquenchable and impossible situations, will we invite our able God to have His way? When we do, we will surely be brought to our knees before His sovereign power, and His work on our behalf will awaken irrepressible song.
“What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul?
What wondrous love is this, O my soul?
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul?
When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,
when I was sinking down, sinking down,
when I was sinking down beneath God’s righteous frown,
Christ laid aside his crown for my soul.
To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing,
to God and to the Lamb I will sing,
to God and to the Lamb who is the great I Am,
while millions join the theme, I will sing.
And when from death I’m free I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on,
and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be,
and through eternity I’ll sing on.” ~Author unknown, American folk hymn (1836)
Father, captivate me with You. May Your wondrous love so sink in, to soak my heart and imbue my senses, that I welcome Your sovereign purposes with glad surrender.