Today’s post will be a very long read with the Word and it’s both for those who say that they don’t understand God and those who think that they do.
So yesterday I was thinking about God and I just thought: “oh the vastness of God”!!!
When you think about how amazing God is, it is tempting to throw your hands up in the air and go “what’s the point”!
Just look at this passage:
The Lord Speaks
Â Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:
2Â âWho is this that obscures my plans
Â Â Â Â with words without knowledge?
3Â Brace yourself like a man;
Â Â Â Â I will question you,
Â Â Â Â and you shall answer me.
4Â âWhere were you when I laid the earthâs foundation?
Â Â Â Â Tell me, if you understand.
5Â Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Â Â Â Â Who stretched a measuring line across it?
6Â On what were its footings set,
Â Â Â Â or who laid its cornerstoneâ
7Â while the morning stars sang together
Â Â Â Â and all the angels[a] shouted for joy?
8Â âWho shut up the sea behind doors
Â Â Â Â when it burst forth from the womb,
9Â when I made the clouds its garment
Â Â Â Â and wrapped it in thick darkness,
10Â when I fixed limits for it
Â Â Â Â and set its doors and bars in place,
11Â when I said, âThis far you may come and no farther;
Â Â Â Â here is where your proud waves haltâ?
12Â âHave you ever given orders to the morning,
Â Â Â Â or shown the dawn its place,
13Â that it might take the earth by the edges
Â Â Â Â and shake the wicked out of it?
14Â The earth takes shape like clay under a seal;
Â Â Â Â its features stand out like those of a garment.
15Â The wicked are denied their light,
Â Â Â Â and their upraised arm is broken.
16Â âHave you journeyed to the springs of the sea
Â Â Â Â or walked in the recesses of the deep?
17Â Have the gates of death been shown to you?
Â Â Â Â Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?
18Â Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?
Â Â Â Â Tell me, if you know all this.
19Â âWhat is the way to the abode of light?
Â Â Â Â And where does darkness reside?
20Â Can you take them to their places?
Â Â Â Â Do you know the paths to their dwellings?
21Â Surely you know, for you were already born!
Â Â Â Â You have lived so many years!
22Â âHave you entered the storehouses of the snow
Â Â Â Â or seen the storehouses of the hail,
23Â which I reserve for times of trouble,
Â Â Â Â for days of war and battle?
24Â What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed,
Â Â Â Â or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth?
25Â Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain,
Â Â Â Â and a path for the thunderstorm,
26Â to water a land where no one lives,
Â Â Â Â an uninhabited desert,
27Â to satisfy a desolate wasteland
Â Â Â Â and make it sprout with grass?
28Â Does the rain have a father?
Â Â Â Â Who fathers the drops of dew?
29Â From whose womb comes the ice?
Â Â Â Â Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens
30Â when the waters become hard as stone,
Â Â Â Â when the surface of the deep is frozen?
31Â âCan you bind the chains[b] of the Pleiades?
Â Â Â Â Can you loosen Orionâs belt?
32Â Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons[c]
Â Â Â Â or lead out the Bear[d] with its cubs?
33Â Do you know the laws of the heavens?
Â Â Â Â Can you set up Godâs[e] dominion over the earth?
34Â âCan you raise your voice to the clouds
Â Â Â Â and cover yourself with a flood of water?
35Â Do you send the lightning bolts on their way?
Â Â Â Â Do they report to you, âHere we areâ?
36Â Who gives the ibis wisdom[f]
Â Â Â Â or gives the rooster understanding?[g]
37Â Who has the wisdom to count the clouds?
Â Â Â Â Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens
38Â when the dust becomes hard
Â Â Â Â and the clods of earth stick together?
39Â âDo you hunt the prey for the lioness
Â Â Â Â and satisfy the hunger of the lions
40Â when they crouch in their dens
Â Â Â Â or lie in wait in a thicket?
41Â Who provides food for the raven
Â Â Â Â when its young cry out to God
Â Â Â Â and wander about for lack of food?
And it doesn’t end there, it goes on to Job 39. God asking questions that tell about His awesomeness and see what Job just had to say at the end of the questions:
“Then Job replied to the LORD:
I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.
You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.
You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’
My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.
Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.”
We cannot throw darts at Job. We also have acted that way a lot of times.
I remember when God scolded me and disciplined me on HIS FAITHFULNESS.
There is another passage about God that thrills me too:
“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,
Â Â Â Â or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?
Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,
Â Â Â Â or weighed the mountains on the scales
Â Â Â Â and the hills in a balance?
13Â Who can fathom the Spirit[d] of the Lord,
Â Â Â Â or instruct the Lord as his counselor?
14Â Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him,
Â Â Â Â and who taught him the right way?
Who was it that taught him knowledge,
Â Â Â Â or showed him the path of understanding?
15Â Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket;
Â Â Â Â they are regarded as dust on the scales;
Â Â Â Â he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.
16Â Lebanon is not sufficient for altar fires,
Â Â Â Â nor its animals enough for burnt offerings.
17Â Before him all the nations are as nothing;
Â Â Â Â they are regarded by him as worthless
Â Â Â Â and less than nothing.
18Â With whom, then, will you compare God?
Â Â Â Â To what image will you liken him?
19Â As for an idol, a metalworker casts it,
Â Â Â Â and a goldsmith overlays it with gold
Â Â Â Â and fashions silver chains for it.
20Â A person too poor to present such an offering
Â Â Â Â selects wood that will not rot;
they look for a skilled worker
Â Â Â Â to set up an idol that will not topple.
21Â Do you not know?
Â Â Â Â Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Â Â Â Â Have you not understood since the earth was founded?
22Â He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
Â Â Â Â and its people are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,
Â Â Â Â and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
23Â He brings princes to naught
Â Â Â Â and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.
24Â No sooner are they planted,
Â Â Â Â no sooner are they sown,
Â Â Â Â no sooner do they take root in the ground,
than he blows on them and they wither,
Â Â Â Â and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.
25Â âTo whom will you compare me?
Â Â Â Â Or who is my equal?â says the Holy One.
26Â Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
Â Â Â Â Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
Â Â Â Â and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
Â Â Â Â not one of them is missing.
27Â Why do you complain, Jacob?
Â Â Â Â Why do you say, Israel,
âMy way is hidden from the Lord;
Â Â Â Â my cause is disregarded by my Godâ?
28Â Do you not know?
Â Â Â Â Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
Â Â Â Â the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
Â Â Â Â and his understanding no one can fathom.
29Â He gives strength to the weary
Â Â Â Â and increases the power of the weak.
30Â Even youths grow tired and weary,
Â Â Â Â and young men stumble and fall;
31Â but those who hope in the Lord
Â Â Â Â will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
Â Â Â Â they will run and not grow weary,
Â Â Â Â they will walk and not be faint”.
Sorry, I told you, lots of Bible passages today, it’s a Bible study after all 🙂
So you read stuff like the above and you marvel… But why does this God want to know me?
And a better question is “how can I ever get to know Him?”
So here is our rescue:
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.”
You see, it takes God to know God.
Flesh has nothing on this; you have to literally ask Him for His Spirit so as to know Him.
“For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.”
Only by the Spirit… by His revelation and wisdom can we know God.
So we pray as Paul prayed all those years ago:
Lord, please give me the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that I may know you better
This to my mind is one of the greatest prayer we can ever pray.
Lord help us all.
Till our next Online Bible Study,
P;S: Please don’t get all “Frances you know the word” when you read this. I also have to read the Bible studies on here on the blog. Trust me, I am not this brilliant at remembering Bible passages. It is the Spirit. ALL GOD.
Thank you Jesus. But still we are crying out for more. To come up higher.