August 12 2018: How Great the Father’s Love for Us

[1] Then Job answered the LORD and said:
    [2] “I know that you can do all things,
      and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
     [3] ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’
      Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
       things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
     [4] ‘Hear, and I will speak;
       I will question you, and you make it known to me.’
     [5] I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,
       but now my eye sees you;
     [6] therefore I despise myself,
       and repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:1–6 ESV)

As the book of Job comes to an end, there is resolve in Job’s life as he realizes the greatness of God, and His grace that sustains his life.

What is your image of God from your life experience and Biblical knowledge? 
(Is God your best friend? Is God your comforter? Is God small? Is God big? Has God been a great moral support through tough times?) God answers this question, comparing Himself to that of the Behemoth and Leviathan (Job 40:15-41:34). 

By the description of the Behemoth, we have an image of one who is so powerful that cannot be compared to the strength of men. God explains this creature has the ability to use and procreate at its own will, and no sword could ever tame this beast. Yet, this powerful creature is a work of God’s hands. Furthermore, in comparing Himself to the Leviathan, a creature that cannot be bargained with, that cannot be controlled, again, this creature is a work of God’s hands. It is creature so frightening, so vicious, so uncontrollable, and yet is at the mercy of God’s sovereignty.  

Who could ever even stand in front of this God? Job dared and asked to stand before God to have the injustice he is experiencing explained (Job 31:35–37). From the above description, God is basically saying if “Job is unable to subdue these powerful beasts who are themselves a part of creation, how much less should he presume to be able to maintain his own right toward the Lord.”*

So often we depreciate the depth of the gospel of Jesus by forgetting this gladness of God. 

Yes, God is a powerful, Holy and Righteous Judge – before whom we will have to answer for every single sin in our lives. God does not forget, God is all-knowing, and there is nothing we can do to hide before God. We are mere dust, and we cannot stand in trial successfully before this great Judge. 

And in comparison, how gracious and powerful is that cross where Jesus died; where He stood on trial for us and exchanged our lives for His. Let us not forget this cross, and daily praise and worship Him in thanksgiving. 

[24] He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. [25] For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. (1 Peter 2:24–25 ESV)
*From ESV Study Bible

Bible Reading Column by Pastor Charles Baik. 
Mississauga Campus Assistant Pastor 

This Week’s Bible Reading Schedule:

 Monday: Job 40 Thursday: Psalm 73
 Tuesday: Job 41 Friday: Psalm 74
 Wednesday: Job 42 Saturday: Psalm 75