The Ultimate Authority

The following scripture has been extremely comforting to me lately.   It comes from Job 38 where God is answering Job after he has whined and asked God why his life is the way it is.  God replies:

 

Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?  Tell me, if you have understanding.

Who determined its measurements—surely you know!… “Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb, when I made clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling band, and prescribed limits for it and set bars and doors, and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?  “Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place, “Have you entered into the springs of the sea, or walked in the recesses of the deep?  Have the gates of death been revealed to you, or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?…

Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth?  Declare, if you know all this. “Who has cleft a channel for the torrents of rain and a way for the thunderbolt, to bring rain on land where no man is, From whose womb did the ice come forth, and who has given birth to the frost of heaven?  Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that a flood of waters may cover you?  Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go and say to you, ‘Here we are’?  Who has put wisdom in the inward parts or given understanding to the mind?

 

To each question asked, I have to reply, “no I wasn’t there and I can’t do any of that.  Only God can stop the waters, speak to the lightening, put wisdom in the minds of men, command the day, and give birth to the rain.”

Only God.

The  past month, I keep going back and back to these verses every time I get frustrated or angry or even confused about life.  Most days a good solid reminder of how much authority God truly has over EVERYTHING is enough to snap me out of whatever mood I’m in.

If I’ve interacted with you at all over the past month, you know I’ve quoted part or all of this scripture to you at some point.  God’s authority over all things has been my answer for everything in life lately.

It is good to worship a creator who has the ultimate authority over every problem, idea, circumstance, or frustration we could ever imagine.

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