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Monday, May 13, 2013

Our Great God


One of the amazing concepts we find in the book of Job is his understanding of how great God is—and how small he is in comparison. Job says, For he (God) is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment (Job 9:32).

The right focus, the right emphasis is on God. Job really gets it. Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out (Job 36:26).

It’s so easy to get distracted. The world is in a mess. Politics, financial distress, crime, natural disasters: these all get media attention. Fashion, food, health, make-up tricks, home decorating and homemaking tips: women all over the world get inspired by Pinterest, Facebook, blogs, and the like. (Not criticizing, just saying.)

Job could have been totally self-centered. He had every excuse. He had just lost his livelihood, his riches, his servants, and his children. At least one house was completely destroyed. His wife told him to curse God and die. He had terrible boils all over his body. He could have focused all his thoughts on his grief, his problems, his poverty, and his pain. (Most of us would!) Instead, in those awful weeks in the ashes, though Job didn’t understand what God was doing, he continued to trust in what he knew about God: God is great.

Read these verses about our God’s greatness:
  • For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward (Deuteronomy 10:17).
  • And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments (Nehemiah 1:5).
  • Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness (Psalm 48:1).
  • Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God? (Psalm 77:13)
  • For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone (Psalm 86:10).
  • For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods (Psalm 95:3).
  • Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty (Psalm 104:1).
  • Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13). 

I know I sometimes have my focus in the wrong place. Do you?

The study of Job can help our perspective.

What is really important?

Where do our thoughts need to be?

Instead of being disgusted with the world or discontent with what we have today, we can focus on Who God is.

God is great. 
                       He is in charge. 
                                                   He is clothed with honor and majesty.

4 comments:

  1. Si debemos centrarnos mas en lo que el Señor quiere y no en lo que nosotros queremos. Por que el Señor es grande y nos ayuda siempre en todo en el momento justo.
    Bendiciones.

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    1. Yes, Tere. Thank you for your comment.

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  2. Great post! I'm reminded to look upward, not inward.

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    1. Thank you, Lauren. God is great!

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