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12 December 2017

 

Tuesday 12th December - Job 42: 1 - 6

Job – Realisation and Recognition of God’s majesty

 

How we can talk about a loving God of Justice, in the face of pain and suffering? The book of Job is quite painful to read, but it is a wonderful exposition of how a simple human being learns to think and talk about God with honesty and humility.

The dialogue Job has with God, and his conversations with those around him, force him to look deeply into his preconceptions and his expectations of God. God is not made in our image. He is not subject to a framework of life, defined by our scientific understanding, or to structures which our passing social or political agendas create. He is the ‘Creator of all things, visible and invisible.’

One thing science has revealed is that our solar system is one of many in the galaxy, our galaxy is one of many in the universe, and there is also an argument that there may be many more universes. “What are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?” (Psalm 8:4-5).

And yet God, the creator of all things beyond our imagining, is intimately involved with us, interested in the smallest detail of our lives; interested to the point of coming to live amongst us in his Son Jesus Christ.

This Advent, may we, like Job, know God’s mighty presence through persistent prayer, and look forward to his coming again in glory with all the majesty and might which belong to the one who is ‘Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty King, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace’.

 

 

For further reflection, please read “In Touch with God: Advent meditations on biblical prayers” by Michael & Rosemary Green, pages 51 - 54