Job 39 God Knows and Cares

So many things are different in 2020. Though nobody planned for 2020 to be like this, nothing should surprise us.

Eight months ago, no one planned for a global pandemic. Nobody planned to home school or to do remote schooling. Teens having mom and dad home all week. Work plans changed. Graduation plans changed. Wedding plans changed. Life was already crazy, no one planned for all of this extra stress.

But it's 2020 and we're too exhausted to argue. Haley's Comet is returning in 2020? Alrighty then. Zombies are populating Northampton? Makes sense. The stock market will plunge and then hit 29,000 during a pandemic? Brilliant.

Not long ago we read James warning to those who make their annual plans,

James 4:14 You do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that."

I don't know if we ever really got this before 2020. Now, we all admit that we don't know what tomorrow will bring! Will school meet? Where will church meet? How long will the economy hold out?

We aren't in control. We all get sideswiped by life. Grief and suffering always come as a surprise. But we are not hopeless, and we don't have to fear.

We think if we cannot control it, it's out of control but James says it's under God's control! So it's only if the Lord wills that we will do this or that.

We forget but it is abundantly clear that we live in a world plagued by sin, influenced by Satan and filled with really bad choices! But our LORD is in charge over everything, even the things that take us by complete surprise.

Job was surprised by suffering.

Suffering can make us feel helpless. It can challenge our faith. In order to regain control we want answers. "Why this is happening?"

Job demanded answers of God. He got a bit bigger than his britches. Do you ever do this? Say "God shouldn't let this happen." Or ask Him, "Don't You know who I am? Don't You care? Why are You punishing me?!" And to make matters worse, You won't even tell me what I did."

A crazy thing happened when Job did this. God appeared to him.

Rather than answer Job, God revealed the greatness of His power over the things that are clearly beyond our control—distant stars, the deepest seas.

Today, God speaks to Job and each of us of His tender and genuine care and control over the wild animals. But as you hear Him, listen for His heart, what He wants you to believe…

Job 38:39 Can you hunt the prey for the lion, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions, 40 when they crouch in their dens and lie in wait in their lair? 41 Who prepares for the raven its nourishment when its young cry to God and wander about without food?

If you're going through something, if you are struggling in your job or home and you think God doesn’t know what's happening to you, or doesn't care, or that God is not involved in what you're facing, God wants you to know…

"I care more than you know. I superintend the things in the middle of nowhere, things that you think happen without My involvement. I designed the stars. I participate in the lion's hunt. I feed baby birds when they cry out to Me." God takes it personal when baby birds cry out!

Job 39:5 Who sent out the wild donkey free? And who loosed the bonds of the swift donkey, 6 to whom I gave the wilderness for a home and the salt land for his dwelling place? 7 He scorns the tumult of the city, the shouting of the driver he does not hear.

This was an illustration Job got. We can't domesticate a great white shark so it follows our will, we think it's uncontrollable. But by acting that way a shark obeys God's will. Our inability to control it, actually reveals God's control!

Same with COVID. Or your job. Or your drinking problem. Or your worries. Or ____________.

Certainly Job shows that God is in control and we are not. So to say I can handle this myself is often BS. We should pray and look for the Lord to lead.

Then God talks about a female ostrich. Ostriches do not make good mothers,

Job 39:14 For she abandons her eggs to the earth and warms them in the dust, 15 and she forgets that a foot may crush them, or that a wild beast may trample them. 16 She treats her young cruelly, as if they were not hers; though her labor be in vain , she is unconcerned  17 because God has made her forget wisdom, and has not given her a share of understanding.  

Ostriches are really stupid, even for a bird, not because of evolution but because God chose to make them that way. Ostriches are bad moms because our LORD made them to be this way. Since God is the author of wisdom and understanding, even the ostrich's lack of wisdom reveals God's glory.

For those who feel God's too busy to care for you or to be involved in your daily life, He shows us that it's just the opposite.

He is with the lions as they catch their prey. When wild jackasses refuse to obey man it's because they obey Him. He hears baby birds cry out for food and He takes that personally.

And you mean infinitely more to Him than the lions or planets or donkeys or birds.

Matthew 10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.

The words state it. Christ's life and death prove it! Jesus became human forevermore. Jesus came here for you and I. God gave up His life and died for you.

Rather than blame God or assume He doesn't know what happens or care—be in awe of Him, and confidently call to Him.

Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. 13 And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Again to say that I can handle this myself is huey. Instead may we trust God and admit our need for Him. May we pray and look for the Lord to lead.

Job 40:1 Then the LORD said to Job, 2 "Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who reproves God answer it." 3 Then Job answered the LORD and said, 4 "Behold, I am insignificant [This isn't an "I am so stupid." "I hate myself." "I am worthless!" admission. Job realized the greatness and the grace of God who has committed to love and care and watch over us]; what can I reply to You? I lay my hand on my mouth. 5 Once I have spoken, and I will not answer; even twice, and I will add nothing more."

"I spoke foolishly when I blamed you, when I said you don't care or you don't know." Job says, "I wish I never opened my big fat mouth! So I'm just going to shut up now! I won't blame You, question You, or lay fault with you any more."

To the degree we fear life, doubt or criticize God, or tell Him how to do His job, we do not in that moment have a proper view of God. We are not trusting Him.

Even though God only shows a sliver of His greatness it is more than enough to see our foolishness before His wisdom, our smallness before His greatness.

We often think suffering humbles us. But suffering didn't humble Job; he reacted with a sense of entitlement, self-righteousness. God owes me. Lots of people are like that. Hitting rock bottom doesn't humble us. Seeing God as He is humbles us. And when you're humble, you choose to trust God.

We need to continue to see God with eyes of faith. 1) See Him by reading and believing His Word. 2) See Him in Jesus' life and believing Him. 3) See God in His church believing Him. 4) See Him by

obeying Him as a choice of love. 5) This way others may see Him too! Loving others as an act of faith. Serving as an act of worship. Sharing the good news of Jesus, whether in season or out of season.

At the end of this, Job put his hand over his mouth. Ashamed of his accusations. And set free. He silently worshiped the LORD and stood in awe of Him.