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Absolute Control

Job 37:6-13

June 3, 2019

The power of God is shown every day, and yet the Bible explains that we as people seldom recognize it. The Bible shows that God frequently reminds His people of His identity as the Creator of all things. Usually when God refers to His power and control as Creator, it is with the intents of validating His faithfulness and goodness to fulfill His eternally unconditional promises. God’s point is, since He is able to manifest the universe and sustain it by the power of His Word, He is able to do what He said for His people concerning eternity. Yet, the reason God had to remind His people so frequently about this basic attribute is because we often forget. It is common to simply wake up and go about our days never considering the factors that enable our life. We seldom consider the rotation of the Earth, the benefits that provides, and the means by which that takes place. When we think of the weather, it is usually with our comforts in mind. Will the wind, rain, or sun foil our plans, present inconveniences, or provide opportunity for entertainment of some kind? This is not why God does what He does as Creator. God is not just the Maker of all things, but also the Sustainer of the scientific principles and natural miracles that enable life. Since God does these things constantly, we should consider that God has purpose and direct our minds towards Him to honor His power and wisdom. We should consider God, seeking to understand why He has done so much to provide life today.

 

When Elihu spoke to Job, trying to redirect Job’s mind towards the goodness of God, Elihu reminded Job about God’s sovereignty as Creator. Job was sulking in his suffering and critical about God’s control because his life was hard. Job felt that God was using His control to be excessively cruel to Job based on the past manner of service God provided. Elihu rebuked Job for his self-entitled attitude and reminded Job that God is good no matter what our lives look like. Elihu’s premise was that, though God is almighty and highly exalted above all things, He doesn’t despise us who are weak, pitiful, and offensive to Him. God doesn’t exercise His power to torment us and destroy us. God exercises His power to purge corruption from our lives so that we can be made clean, complete, in order to live eternally in His presence. God proves His goodness by the manner in which He deals with creation. God uses creation to remind us about the extent of His power. Elihu reminded Job about God’s control over thunder and lightning; reminding Job that God’s Word comes forth like thunder and His works like lightning. Thus, when we hear and see thunder and lightning, we should consider and remember the power and authority of God’s Word and works.

 

In Job 37:6-13 Elihu explained to Job that God shouldn’t just be considered when it thunders. Since God is in control of all things, there are subtler examples of His supreme control that should draw our attention to the majesty of God’s power, authority, and influence. When we consider the magnitude of God’s greatness, our response should be to fear Him, honor Him, and humble ourselves before Him in dependency; not criticize the manner in which God uses His authority because we don’t like how it feels in our lives. For example, Elihu reminded Job that God not only controls the thunder, lightning, and rain, but also the snow. Thunder and lightning storms frequently come in the spring and summer months. Snow usually comes in the winter. Here, the idea that Elihu tried to explains shows that God is in control of all things at all times. God’s control as Creator is not limited to geographic region nor time of the year. Thunder, lightning, rain, and snow have been constant since the beginning. This shows that God’s control has also been constant since the beginning. His command and authority has not grown weak. His influence has not diminished by any measure.

 

Elihu explained that God is in charge of both the “gentle rain” and also the “heavy rain.” This principle explains that, God is not only in charge of rain, but the measure of it so as to accomplish a particular result. It’s not just that God sends rain, but that He sends certain amounts of rain to certain areas for specific reasons that He determines. The “gentle rain” would refer to rain that is helpful and productive. This refers to rain that is good for watering the earth in order to produce crops, refill springs and clean the air. Though God is mighty, He provides rain of this measure, expressing perfect restrain and control so as to ensure the effects of His power are productive, not destructive. On the other hand, God is able to use His power and control for destructive purposes too. The mention of “heavy rain” refers to rain that is damaging. God has shown that He is able to bring rain in such a way that it is a burden and miserable. The flood during the days of Noah is obviously the most compelling example. Though God has not since flooded the whole earth according to His promise, the Lord has since flooded many regions in the world at various times, bringing destruction to crops, properties, and plans.

 

Notice the greatness of God’s control of the rains. He is able to use the same substance in two totally contrary ways, sometimes all at once in different parts of the world. God uses the rains to provide mercy, or rains to provide judgment. God only needs to control the measure of the rains used. Who but God is able to express this quality of wisdom, power, and control? Elihu explained that God’s control over the weather has a direct effect on life as well, proving the transcendency of His influence. Elihu said that God seals the hand of every man, referring to the control God has over mankind by the rain. When a person wants to work and build outside, rain and snow can prohibit those objectives. God is able to close the working hands of people with just a little rain, but can also do so with a lot of rain. Rainy days, snowy days, and sometimes windy days can ruin the plans we have. God is the chief administrator of those factors, proving that He is in control of our lives whether we like it or not. God’s control of weather has charge over the animals as well. When it rains and snows, when the sun beats down or the winds howl, the animals are forced to find shelter, seek warmth, or migrate to new grounds. God causes this movement.

 

Elihu explained the reason that God expresses His control over all things this way. We are called to recognize that God is in charge. When the rains and snow come, prohibiting our plans and aspirations, we are to recognize God as the cause – not with a bitter and complaining heart, but with a fearful and submissive one. Why should we raise our fist against God for inconveniencing us if we are seeing Him as the One who has charge over the natural factors of planet Earth? It doesn’t seem like good sense to contend with One so powerful, wise, and influential. It is not just that we are to see the hand of God as the cause of our weather and as the cause of our universe’s functionality, but that we fear and submit to His supreme authority. We aren’t to complain that God uses His power and control for reasons that inconvenience or trouble us. We are to remember that, while God’s power might have interrupted our ideas and comforts, He has not despised us to the extent that He has utterly destroyed us. The trials in the lives of God’s people are intended to produce good results to save us from our own sin and corruption. We are called to recognize the glory of God’s great control and be thankful that He uses it for good purposes that have eternal benefits in our lives, not despise Him because our worldly comforts are hindered, like Job did.

 

Elihu reminded Job that the power of God is so great that the breath of His mouth is the means by which ice is formed to freeze over massive lakes and other bodies of water. Here, God doesn’t even have to speak. The mere expression of His breath is able to alter the functionality and purpose of massive bodies of water all over the world! The breath of God, the very breath that provides us with life, is able to chance the scope and usefulness of broad waters, making them frozen according to His purposes. It is startling to know that the breath of God is able to suspend the functionality and movement of massive bodies of water. How much simpler would it be for God to suspend the functionality and movement of a person? Yet, God provides mercy to the wicked and the faithful, affording us all opportunities to recognize His greatness, confess our offenses against Him, submit to His greatness by faith and receive His blessings. God proved that He can, but doesn’t immediately despise and destroy anyone.

 

God not only forms the clouds, but appoints different clouds for different uses all over. God forms some clouds for rain. God stretches some clouds thin, but far enough to provide shade from the sun. God causes them to go wherever they God, bringing benefits and inconveniences to both the wicked and the faithful all at once. Clearly, God didn’t just make the world we live in, but is still in control of all things, and uses that control for specific purposes. The Bible teaches that we are to acknowledge God’s control and consider the power, wisdom, and greatness of God that can do such things every single day. Whether the weather is good or bad for us, the weather is merely one way God is making His majesty known to us, reminding us that He is good. He might use the weather as His instrument of correction to humble us, or to increase us unto prosperity and joy. Either way, God is the hand that makes it all work, and is gracious to provide both chastening and increase for all people at various times and in various ways. God has clearly validated His goodness, proving that He is worthy of our consideration, our praise, and our worship, not our complaints.

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