The Lord Answers Job
38 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:
2 “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
3 Dress for action[a] like a man;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.
4 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
5 Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
6 On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone,
7 when the morning stars sang together
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8 “Or who shut in the sea with doors
when it burst out from the womb,
9 when I made clouds its garment
and thick darkness its swaddling band,
10 and prescribed limits for it
and set bars and doors,
11 and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?
12 “Have you commanded the morning since your days began,
and caused the dawn to know its place,
13 that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth,
and the wicked be shaken out of it?
14 It is changed like clay under the seal,
and its features stand out like a garment.
15 From the wicked their light is withheld,
and their uplifted arm is broken.
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.
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!
22 “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow,
or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
23 which I have reserved for the time of trouble,
for the day of battle and war?
24 What is the way to the place where the light is distributed,
or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth?
25 “Who has cleft a channel for the torrents of rain
and a way for the thunderbolt,
26 to bring rain on a land where no man is,
on the desert in which there is no man,
27 to satisfy the waste and desolate land,
and to make the ground sprout with grass?
28 “Has the rain a father,
or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29 From whose womb did the ice come forth,
and who has given birth to the frost of heaven?
30 The waters become hard like stone,
and the face of the deep is frozen.
31 “Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades
or loose the cords of Orion?
32 Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth[b] in their season,
or can you guide the Bear with its children?
33 Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
Can you establish their rule on the earth?
34 “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
that a flood of waters may cover you?
35 Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go
and say to you, ‘Here we are’?
36 Who has put wisdom in the inward parts[c]
or given understanding to the mind?[d]
37 Who can number the clouds by wisdom?
Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens,
38 when the dust runs into a mass
and the clods stick fast together?
I remember writing my first devotion for the Daily Devotions and I can't believe that this is my last. One thing hasn't changed from my first devotion till now and that is the study time and contemplation needed to try to put together something meaningful. I never thought about it in the beginning but this has been a positive change for me because I have learned not only how to best study the reading but have learned that it is God directing the devotion and as we all know, God doesn't make mistakes when he guides us.
In today's reading God challenges Job with a bunch of questions. God doesn't necessarily want Job to verbally answer but he does want Job to think about. When contemplating my exit from St. John's, I similarly posed questions to God. Questions where I wanted an answer but wasn't going to hear a verbal reply. Some of my questions, How can I leave this church and the people I have grown to love?,Will the Church be ok?, Will I ever find a job down there with the pay and benefits I'll need to take care of myself? and so many more of these kinds of questions. In the end it really came down to the same conclusion. Pray. Know God. Know that God is with you in everything you do. Keep the Faith.
I want to thank each and every disciple at St. John's. I cannot express my gratitude for things I have learned, the love that has surrounded me since I've been here, the new and lifelong friends that I have made and so much more. I will miss St. John's and I will miss you all! Thank you and I thank God for directing my life to this path through Springfield, Illinois. I never thought it would become such a meaningful part of my life. May God continue to bless St. John's and you all.
Dearest Lord, thank you for the Daily Devotions and the lessons we learn from them with God's guidance. Thank you for St. John's and those disciples that make up its family. In Jesus’ name, Amen.