Ok, now dig this, if you lost almost ALL of your worldly possessions just left with enough to get by, and all of your offspring (children), and then lose a large amount of health within about a month, what would you do? Do you think you can still CONTINUE to give God the highest praise? Well Job did, we can all learn a lil’ something from him. As he said in Job chapter 2 verse 10, “should we only accept good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” So in all this (sickness and all), Job said nothing wrong (against God).’ We all need to get back to a spirit of gratefulness and celebrate/praise God for the “simple” things that we all constantly take for granted. (Read Job chapter 1& 2 for full understanding)
Now check out Job chapters 38-42, true page turner. No book better than the good book. OK, take this one on for size…this is definitely for all you “science” folk out there lol, I want you really read this one. So pretty much Job felt that he was “Mr. Know it All” but you guys should really see how the Lord, Our God puts him in his place. God… Read More asked him (Job) a series of different questions, asking pretty much to explain how the universe is kept in balance. See how humble Job becomes though, Job’s first response was in chapter 40 verse 3-5. I’m going to paraphrase this part; basically he says, “God, you got me, I don’t know how I’ll get the answers, I think I should just shut up, I done said too much”. Even after that response God continues to come with different questions at Job.
I really like how God gets him now though, especially with the example about the crocodile. God is just truly awesome, I want you ALL to really check this part out. God basically gives Job one mind blowing example right here using the crocodile, basically showing how pointless it would be to contain/control the power of a crocodile, watch this. God gives Job an example about HIS (God) awesome power. He (God) told Job in chapter 41 verse 9-11 (and once again I will paraphrase) “there’s no point in trying to capture/contain it (crocodile). Whoever is going to be foolish enough to try will fail, MOS’ DEF’. Now, since no one will be so foolish to go up against a “croc”, who or what will be so stupid, to try and come at me sideways (in other words, challenge), and THINK they are going to come out scar free. Everything under heaven is mines, it’s pointless.” Wow!!! Right?!?!?! Truly amazing how awesome our God is.
Now God gives Job an idea about the physical makeup of the “croc” in the rest of chapter 41. But watch this He (God) explains…(wait explain is not a good word to describe God’s teaching because He doesn’t really have to explain it to us unless He wants, but I’ll just say emphasize) I mean emphasizes (lol) the strength of this creature. The physical makeup of crocodiles is truly amazing, God gives examples about it. One example that was used is about the “skin” of the “croc”, the outer “skin” is basically armor; it has two layers of ridiculously tough scales. The scales basically overlap each other, nothing can penetrate through these scales on its back, they are so closely placed together that even air cannot get in between them.
They lock together so nothing can penetrate them, I don’t know about you but I find that remarkable. Example number 2 (God uses more examples, I just chose a few of my favorites to share), God basically explains, I mean emphasizes not just the strength but the “heart”(determination/ will power) of the “croc”, He (God) shows that not even swords or spears can stop it. To the “croc”, iron is basically straw, and bronze is rotten wood. Spears don’t make them run, slingshots are basically pointless, clubs (like a wooden bat) are no good at all, and it basically laughs at the swish of javelins (sorry, can’t really remember what that is at the moment lol). But look though, doesn’t this example make you think about a famous passage? “No weapon, formed against me shall prosper “.
O our God is just awesome. At the end of this chapter (chapter 41 just in case if you lost track) at verse 34 God “crowns” the crocodile as the King of Beasts. In the beginning of chapter 42, Job responds again saying (once again I’m paraphrasing) “I know you can do anything, and nothing can stop you. You asked me ‘who questions my wisdom with all this ignorance?’ Well yeah, I’ll admit, I was “smart” (in other words foolish) enough to try and do it. I was basically talking about things I had no kind of understanding of, things that was just too wonderful/ amazing for me to comprehend. You said ‘listen and I (God) will speak! I got some questions for you and you better give me an answer for them.’ Well I heard about you but now I see with my own eyes. I want to just take back everything I said, and I will just sit in this mess (actually he sat in something like dust and ashes) to show just how sorry I am.’
When Job was talking to God, which was basically verses 1-6 (chapter 42 if you got lost). Now in verse 7, God talks to Eliphaz the Temanite and says (once again paraphrasing) “I’m mad at you and your two friends, ’cause you guys have been wrong about what you were saying about me, just like Job. Now I (God) want you to take seven young bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job is going to pray for all of you, and I will accept his prayers, on your behalf. I will not treat you as you deserve, even though (wow! Ha-ha God’s mercy, you just got to love it) you were wrong about what you all said about me, as was Job.”
So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite (will not go into detail on these three now, look in previous chapters to get a background) did as God told them, and God accepted Job’s prayer. When Job prayed for his friends, God gave Job back all he lost, and then doubled it. Job was also blessed with ten more children, and God allowed Job to see 140 more years of life after that. Now I don’t know about you but that’s nothing but favor. In the words of Rev. Harold R. Mayberry, “favor ain’t fair”. So for all you “science folk”, don’t question God, period. Trust me; it’s not a good look, its ok…. You’re ignorant!!! But for my conclusion to this, God will bless those that hold out, have integrity, trust & faith in the Lord our God.
May God bless and keep you all.
David Scott Harralson is the youngest or five, but has an old soul. He is a major part of leadership involvement in the church; First AME Oakland. God is always able to do more than you can ever imagine, and this young man is here to brag on God.