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How Can We Answer God?

Job 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5 focuses on how small we are in comparison to the glory of God. Job is almost shamed by God who in rhetorical question after question asks if he could possibly be as great as him. Have you commanded the morning? Have you entered the sources of the sea or its abyss? Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth? “Tell me, if you know all,” God challenges him. Job, a mere human being like ourselves, came to his senses and responded, “Behold, I am of little account; what can I answer you?”

In our own words and deeds, we also need to pay homage to God who is the source of everything which exists. How often have we cast God’s help aside, believing that we could handle our lives fine enough without him? And, how often has this strategy failed? How often have we allowed our words, or those of others, to pamper us and bloat us in prestige, while forgetting also to use our lips in prayer? The trouble with us who have been wondrously made, only a little less than the angels, is that we tend to think of ourselves too much and of God too little. Unless we are going through trial, as Job would, we tend to shove God into a corner of our lives. And like children, we not only hesitate to thank our heavenly Father for the gifts he gives us; we make our love conditional, and curse him when things fail to go our way.

As followers of Christ, our faithfulness and praise of God must transcend all our personal wants and desires and egos. Hearing Jesus, and following him, where ever he goes, has to be the posture of our lives. Loving and praising the glory of God, in thought, word, and deed, summarizes the very reason for our existence and now our rebirth in Christ.

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