“Then the Lord said to Job, ‘Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?’ “ 40:1-2
These chapters really continue on Bethany’s concept from yesterday of learning to rest in absolute trust of God. But the verse above reminds me how much humility is required in knowing and loving God. Humility and trust really go hand-in-hand.
The creature Behemoth that is mentioned in 40:15 is (according to my Bible commentary) a primeval monster used in ancient literature as a symbol of chaos and evil. “It is a prime example of God’s handiwork, and only it’s Creator can threaten it.” So, is God claiming to be the creator (and controller) of chaos and evil? Could this book POSSIBLY complicate my apologetics any more than it already has?!
So to answer God’s earlier question to Job, no, I don’t have the answers. And I really don’t want to have the answers. Almost every interpersonal relationship I’m in gets so much better and healthier when I introduce humility. When I acknowledge my strengths and recognize my weaknesses and when I take my given place. My marriage is heavenly when I recognize my role and take a seat in the spot I was given. Parenting is (harder and) more rewarding when I swallow my pride. There is so much freedom in relinquishing control. Because we never really had it in the first place.
Practicing humility with God when you are suffering is really hard. It’s learned. Practiced. Put on. But the more you discipline your heart to trust Him, the easier it gets. We write about this a lot, lot, LOT on here, but one of my favorite, fool-proof methods in teaching myself to trust God is to write it down. Don’t journal? That’s fine. Make two columns on a page. On one side, write “problem”, on the other “solution” and keep a list of what’s going on in your life and how God showed up during it. Do it for a month, and the next time you’re worried about something, refer to your list.
We are closing out the book of Job tomorrow! What has changed for you, thought-wise, since we started this book?