“And you beneath life’s crushing load, whose forms are bending low,
who toil along the climbing way with painful steps and slow…”
There is so much suffering in the world. War, disease, starvation, abuse, murder… the heartache of billions of human beings. And we naturally question life, the universe, the powers that be, wondering why – why?????
I sit in the dark turmoil of my own brokenness and limitations with Job. Job, who not only lost his wealth, security, health and strength, but also his family – all of his loved ones dead. And, after all of that, he was supposed to still love God. But, how??? If this is what can happen to a good person who is loved by God, then what good is that supposed love?
Job questioned, too. His questions, in the divine light, were “words without knowledge”, merely obfuscating divine reason. The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom, and, so, the answer for Job’s WHY began like this:
God thunders forth marvels with his voice;
he does great things beyond our knowing.
He says to the snow, “Fall to the earth”;
likewise to his heavy, drenching rain…
Out of its chamber the tempest comes forth;
from the north winds, the cold.
With his breath God brings the frost,
and the broad waters congeal.
The clouds too are laden with moisture,
the storm-cloud scatters its light.
He it is who changes their rounds, according to his plans,
to do all that he commands them
across the inhabited world.
Across the inhabited world, the Unmoved Mover has unquestionable power, unlimited might. We are but creatures, who, like the grass, may fall dead with the first breath of winter. Who are we to question God? As intelligent and imaginative as we are, human beings are dependent upon Creation and the Creator behind it all. Helplessly and hopelessly limited are we, at the mercy of the Almighty One, who makes and rules the universe and beyond.
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