Peace in God’s Limitlessness

By Erin Bird

This week, we conclude our series in Job 38 by looking at verses 19-21, which say:

19 Where is the way to the dwelling of light,
and where is the place of darkness,
20 that you may take it to its territory
and that you may discern the paths to its home?
21 You know, for you were born then,
and the number of your days is great!

(Job 38:19-20 ESV)

During our little trip through the first half of Job 38, we’ve seen God get a bit sarcastic with Job. But in case you haven’t noticed the sarcasm previously, or just don’t want to admit God would mock someone, verse 21 basically obliterates your attempts to make God sound like a heavenly Tellytubby. I used the English Standard Version (ESV) above, but go ahead and look at whatever translation you want: God is sarcastically mocking Job. Why? Because He wants Job to fully appreciate just how different Job and God really are.

And what is the primary difference God points out to Job in these three verses? That Job is limited, but God is not.

First, we see Job was limited to earth. He had no idea “the way to the dwelling of light or the place of darkness.”

Second, Job was limited in power. He couldn’t pick up the darkness and carry it to it’s home.

And third, Job was limited in time. God sarcastically points out that Job has not had nearly the same length of time in the universe God has.

This is why (as we’ve already seen in this series) that God points out Isaiah 55:8 that His ways are not like our ways and His thoughts are no where close to being like our thoughts. Our ways and thoughts are like Job – limited. But God does not possess the same limits we do. As we’ve been seeing through this entire series, God is not limited in His wisdom, understanding, power, and existence.

And so we may not know…

  • what Sunday mornings will look like when we re-gather…
  • what the economy will do over the next several months…
  • if we will get sick with COVID-19…
  • or if a loved one will pass from the dreaded virus…

…because we are limited. But we can know that God is limitless, and out of His limitlessness, He can carry us and give us peace in the midst of these uncertain days.

So join me in trusting our limitless God, who loves us without limit and can grant us peace without limit.

Peace in God’s Knowledge

By Erin Bird

Let’s jump back into Job 38. This week, we come to verses 16-18, which say…

16 Have you entered into the springs of the sea,
or walked in the recesses of the deep?
17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you,
or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
18 Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth?
Declare, if you know all this.

(Job 38:16-18 ESV)

If You Could See What I See

God sounds like He’s copping a bit of an attitude here, getting a bit feisty with Job, mocking him for not being as great as He is. But God isn’t mocking Job – rather He’s giving Job perspective.

Longtime Baltimore Orioles baseball manager, Earl Weaver, had a rule that a player couldn’t steal a base unless given the sign to steal. All-Star Reggie Jackson felt this was unfair as he felt like he knew most of the pitchers and catchers of opposing teams and knew who he could and could not steal on. So after getting a single, Jackson decided to steal second even though he wasn’t given the sign. He easily took second, flashing a big grin to the dugout as if to say, “See, I know what I am doing!”

But after the game, Weaver pulled Jackson aside and explained why Jackson shouldn’t have stolen second. Because batting behind Jackson was one of Baltimore’s power hitters. But by Jackson taking second, first base was left open. As a result, the opposing pitcher intentionally walked the power hitter because the next batter was in a slump. The pitcher was hoping to induce a double play to end the inning. So as not to waste two men on base, Weaver felt forced to put in a pinch hitter for the batter in the slump, thus reducing the players available for later in the game.

When Reggie Jackson stole second, he had only been thinking about himself. He wasn’t thinking like a manager who was thinking about the entire game. Earl Weaver brought years of experience to the game, and with that experience came knowledge and perspective that Jackson lacked.

Like Jackson, so often all we can see is our current situation. Right now, many of us…

  • can only see the pandemic before us.
  • are tired of being “locked” in our homes.
  • itch for interaction with neighbors.
  • long for Sunday morning in-person Gatherings to resume so we can see our church family again.
  • are fearful about the future.
  • are wondering what our financial situation will be in the next few months.
  • are worried about loved ones that are either on the front lines or are fighting COVID-19.
And because we only see what is right before us, we get frustrated, and that frustration leads to an absence of peace.

But if we realize through Job 38:16-18 that God not only sees the depths of the sea, knows the gates of death, and can comprehend the expanse of the earth, but can also see eternity past and eternity future, it means He possesses the knowledge and perspective of what life will look like tomorrow.And so may you rest in the truth that God possesses the knowledge of what is next, and because He has a greater perspective than us, He knows how He will carry you through these days into the next chapter.

So trust Him, resting in His unfathomable knowledge.

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