“His sneezings flash forth light, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the dawn. Out of his mouth go flaming torches; sparks of fire leap forth. Out of his nostrils comes forth smoke, as from a boiling pot and burning rushes. His breath kindles coals, and a flame comes forth from his mouth.” (41:18-21)
God has a fire breathing dragon and their relationship is not complicated. The most terrifying thing we can imagine is still God’s creation and subject to Him. No matter the fierceness of the animal, it is not in an obedience struggle with the Lord like we are.
Watching “Planet Earth” or similar Discovery Channel shows can easily turn into a moment of worship. Considering His creation and faithful care of all living creatures should bring us to our knees.
Jesus brought this up in His sermon on the mount:
“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (Matthew 6:26)
He answers our anxiety by this same reminder about the animals. It’s beautiful. Full of trust, obedience, faithfulness and provision.
A few times in my life I’ve put this concept to the test. When confronted with a barking dog, a pesky bee, a panicked bird or bat, I stopped and told the Lord to speak to the animal. “Lord, tell that dog to leave me alone.” “Show that bird the window I opened.” And away they go! Now, maybe that could be schluffed off as a coincidence, but I’ve had a crazy high success rate. Now if I could remember to use that on myself!
Truly His care and authority for the animals deserves frequent remembering. God used it on Job and Jesus used it on us. Use it on yourself today.
Tomorrow we will start 1 John!