Beyond Our Understanding!
Scripture reading for June 1st: Job 35-37
“How great is God–beyond understanding! The number of His years is past finding out.” (Job 36:26) Elihu was young and had great wisdom in spite of his youth, but he still lacked a complete understanding of God and confessed that. How can one who is finite grasp that which is infinite? How can man have complete understanding of the Almighty One? He concluded that we must worship Him and ponder His many wonders. Wonder and worship lead to revelation and faith!
“God is mighty, but does not despise men; He is mighty and firm in His purpose.” (Job 36:5) Contrary to the view of one of Job’s friends who felt that man was a maggot, Elihu believed that God took notice of men and worked with them throughout life. When they were bound by trials, God used the trial to correct them and lead them to repentance and restoration. To be restored, a man must listen, learn and then respond to God’s correction. If man does not respond, they die without knowledge. (Job 36:8-12)
Elihu told Job that his crying out in his suffering was good sign. Wicked and godless men did not cry out when they suffered and they perished. (Job 36:13-14) God would deliver Job from his suffering and restore him. Job must watch out for temptations to escape the affliction through evil means, like thinking money might save him.
Elihu’s advice to Job was wonder and worship! God is so amazing and does so much that provokes wonder. If we would focus on the amazing wonders of God, then this God that is beyond our understanding would more deeply reveal Himself. Elihu pointed Job to the thunderstorm and the wonders of a cloudburst, snow, or ice. (Job 37:1-12) How God makes that all work is a mystery that reveals His great power and thoughtfulness. God is so creative and has amazing abilities beyond our understanding!
“Out of the North He comes in golden splendor; God comes in awesome majesty. The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in His justice and great righteousness, He does not oppress. Therefore men revere Him, for does he not have regard for all the wise in heart?” (Job 37:22-24) Elihu ends his words to Job with a call to worship! Whatever our physical state, the way to God is through reverence and worship! It is the way of faith!