“After that comes the sound of his roar; he thunders with his majestic voice. When his voice resounds, he holds nothing back. God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding.”Job 37:4-5
The ancient Hebrews viewed nature as intimately connected to Yahweh, their covenant God. For example, when the weather patterns changed and thunder or lightning storms approached, a common idiom would be to say that “Yahweh was speaking.” Their worldview was shaped by knowing the Creator’s presence through nature. It was as if the roll of thunder was the voice of God, and the crack of lightning was the display of His mighty power.
The book of Job describes God in such analogous language as well. Job is a man plagued with trouble, seeking to hear from God in the midst of his suffering. For 37 chapters he cries out to God and dialogues with trusted friends. And then finally, the Lord draws near to Job in the midst of an immense, pounding storm.
God first shows Job that His ways and His power are beyond comprehension. But God did the unimaginable: He stooped to answer Job directly in his suffering. He bends low into your life, too, speaking into your storms to show you that His will is good even in life’s worst journeys.
Jesus not only condescended to deal with our suffering by taking it on Himself, He also lifts us up to positions of honor and blessing.
Bible In A Year
- Ezra 1-2
- Psalm 26
- Mark 5