What is God like? How would you describe Him? The Bible is full of scriptures that show God has no bounds, no limits, no time constraints, no equal. He is Supreme, Sovereign, the Creator of all that is created, God over all that is – there is none like Him.
Why then, do we so easily forget to consider when we are facing giants in our lives just how awesome, how mighty, how majestic, how righteous, how gracious, how merciful, how loving, how forgiving, how limitless, and how superior to anything else God is?
That being said, I believe that we all know and experience God differently. We know God at different times and in different situations. But, the one attribute that everyone could agree to is this: God is bigger than any of the giants that we face in life.
Sometimes we forget that fact. Such was the case with Job. You probably know the story from the Old Testament. Job is a prosperous wealthy man of high moral character. Satan challenged Job’s goodness, proposing to God to test him since Satan believed he was only good because of God’s protection. God agreed and removed Job’s protection. Satan removed Job’s wealth, children and health so he would curse God, but he didn’t. He did however, protest his lot in life and sought an explanation from his three friends. Along the way, he asked God many questions.
Job had been confident that he knew the workings and the ways of God (Job. 27:11), so God called on him to prove that claim and demanded that Job answer His questions (Job 38:1-3). God then asked Job a series of rhetorical questions.
Where was Job when God plotted and constructed the world (Job 38:4-7)? Was Job the one who set the boundary for the seas so that in all their power and fury they could not wash away the land (Job 38:8-11)? How many mornings has Job caused to rise (38:12-15)? What about the depths of the sea or even the depth of death’s pit—the realm of the unseen—has Job seen their bottom (Job 38:16-18)? Does Job know the ways of light and darkness, or did they exist before him (Job 38:19-21)?
God continues the education. We take the forces of nature for granted—we always know they are going to work—but how do they work (Job 38:22-30)? What control does Job have over the stars and constellations that God put into the heavens to regulate days, nights, months, years and seasons (Job 38:31-33)? Can Job call down the rain or lightning to do his bidding—and was it Job who gave man the ability to think (Job 38:34-38)?
There is a lot more, but you get the point. In His speech to Job, God asked questions which were intended to make Job realize the great distance between God and man. In short, God is in control of everything and everybody and Job is not. Job knows that God is sovereign and Job has no doubt that God can do whatever he wishes. The question is not whether God can do as he pleases, but why God has allowed a platoon of giants into the life of a blameless man like Job.
Job shows his faith in Job 19:25: “I know that my redeemerlives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.” But then adds on Job 27:2 that ““As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice, the Almighty, who has made my life bitter.” Job, like each of us facing giants today, cannot see what God has planned or the reasons behind the trials. So like us, Job on one hand professes his faith to God while at the same time seeking answers for why this is happening and more importantly why God is allowing these bitter giants in my life.
In Part 2, we look at whether giants generate faith and doubt at the same time.