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Who Are We?

When we are in the midst of a trial (or even a trite yet puzzling situation), we often let our minds wander. We conjure up ways to make things better, tactics that would help our situation reach a welcome end. Oftentimes, seeking God’s instruction falls to the wayside during difficult times in an effort to find control or reasoning within our circumstances.

Job begins to focus on the external and tangible effects of the trials he endures. Well-meaning (and sometimes not so well-meaning) friends and passersby offer him advice and pointers. Listening too much to others’ advice, especially if those words are not Scriptural, can lead us into a dangerous zone. We will begin to experience the subtle takeover of resentment or self-righteous pride.

God sharply reproves Job in chapter 38. He throws question after question to Job, asking him if he has as much knowledge, power, strength and wisdom as God Himself has. The answer, of course, is no. It is “no” for all of us. He is God, and we are not.

Who are we to offer suggestions to the One who created us, loves us and wants the best for us? It is our feeble attempt at control, something we will never have. God alone knows what we need. He is the Significant One. Job humbly accepts this truth in Job 40:3-5, finally shutting his mouth and vowing to steer clear of nay-sayers in order to recognize the holiness and omnipotence of his God. Have we done this in our own lives?

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