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You Are Not God

“He stretches out the north over the void and hangs the earth on nothing. The pillars of heaven tremble and are astounded at his rebuke. By his power he stilled the sea; by his understanding he shattered Rahab. By his wind the heavens were made fair; his hand pierced the fleeing serpent. Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways, and how small a whisper do we hear of him! But the thunder of his power who can understand?” {Job 26:7, 11-14).

As Job contemplated the destruction he had witnessed, the suffering he was enduring, and the trials he was facing, his miserable friends showed up to tell him what was up. Reading the book of Job, we hear his friends speak truth to Job at the absolute worst time. As Job tried to figure out what he had done that would cause him to have to endure such horrific torture, Bildad opened his mouth.

“How then can man be in the right before God? How can he who is born of woman be pure? Behold, even the moon is not bright, and the stars are not pure in his eyes; how much less man, who is a maggot, and the son of man, who is a worm!” (Job 25:4-6).

If I were Job, I would have started Job 26 saying, “Are you calling me a maggot?” While he wasn’t quite so direct, he did respond by saying, “How you have helped him who has no power!” How about that for some sarcasm in Scripture! Again, Bildad’s words were true, yet horrifically timed. We cannot be in the right before God apart from Jesus Christ. We were brought forth in iniquity. Creation itself is broken now because of sin. Compared to the perfection and purity of God, we are as filthy maggots.

As Job wrestled with God throughout the book of Job, his words revealed in Job 26 that he did have the correct perspective of God. God is the only one who not only created, but created out of nothing. He hung the earth on nothing. Nothing but what he created keeps the earth in its place in the Universe. Even the very foundations of heaven tremble at God’s rebuke. Yet, take all that we see: The beauty of the snowfall this week in Wausau, the wind, the trees, the sky, and the stars. Take all of that, and as Job rightly says, “These are but the outskirts of his ways.”

As you read this today, let me remind you simply that you are not God. You were never God. You are not God today. You will never be God in the future. The world does not revolve around you. You are not ultimately in control in this world. There is evil in this world that you cannot defeat on your own. Your best creation is on par with making a hot dog from play dough, compared to the intricacy and beauty of that which God has created.

As you read this today, be humbled. Let your pride be broken as you realize you are not perfect and you are not ultimately in control. But in addition to being humbled today, be comforted. Be comforted to know that you are not God. The situation you are in today that has you down, or has you celebrating today, is something that God is in control of. He is good. He is compassionate. He understands your life and he is there with you in the storm. Know that He is God and that He is good!

Pastor Greg