June 15

Job 38:4-11

“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 stretched the line upon it?” vss. 4-5

The writer shows the Lord reverting to sarcasm in his response to Job’s laments, implying that Job didn’t know squat when it came to the creation of the earth. It’s an amusing section and points to the basic deficiency we humans have when it comes to understanding our situation. There are too many things, even in these days of amazing scientific discoveries, that we will never be able to get our puny minds around. We do a pretty good job of describing the stuff of the universe, and we’ve even been able to figure out its age within a million years or so. But as to why things exist, and why we’re here, and why there’s so much pain and suffering in our lives, well, that’s way beyond our pay grade. All we can know is what we experience, and for most folks that’s enough. Without even asking to be born we’ve been plopped down on a globe nurtured by the sun, filled with unexpected and extraordinary delights, and rewarded with lifetimes filled with blessings. And all we’re expected to do is make sure that all the goodness is shared in a way that ensures we all have a crack at joy. Of course we have questions, and naturally we’ll complain about suffering, but perhaps the best we can do is just settle back and enjoy the ride! It’s God’s most precious gift!

Thought for the Day: What is the core of contentment?

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