On God's Matchless Power
“Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways,
And how small a whisper we hear of Him!
But the thunder of His power who can understand” (Job 26:14)?
Bildad the Shuhite has attempted to elevate the essence and power of God in his descriptions in the previous chapter; and in this chapter, Job picks up the topic and shows how shallow those ideas are in view of the absolute majesty of God.
Attempting to elevate God’s matchless power to a higher level, Job mentions God’s dominion over the dead, over the universe, over the natural elements, over the sea, and even over heaven itself. Even then, Job says, he has touched only the “edges” of God, giving only a “whisper” of Him.
His power is like “thunder,” so powerful that man has great difficulty in comprehending it; that is, in being able to internalize it.
As in many other passages, this one attempts to bring an awareness of how great God is in contrast to the “littleness” of mankind. The message is that serving such an awesome, wonderful God should stimulate us to submit humbly to Him and to dedicate our lives in unselfish service to Him
Jesus Our Shepherd
“For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls ” (1 Peter 2:25).
In writing to Christians who have been subject to the great Dispersion from Jerusalem, Peter has not hesitated to jump immediately into the subject of the wonderful opportunity Jesus has made possible because of His sacrifice. Both Jews and Gentiles are included in this group.
The persecutions these people have endured is no indication that God does not care. In fact, Peter wants them to realize just how much God cares about all of His children, and He desires that all be saved—that was God’s purpose in sending Jesus as the Savior.
All of these Christians, at one point, were a part of wandering, lost humanity before they obeyed Jesus; however, they found Jesus and accepted Him as their “Shepherd” and their “Overseer”; that is, He became their Protector and Guide, watching over them as a shepherd over the flock.
Peter uses this figure of speech to depict the relationship between Jesus and all who follow Him in every generation. Jesus guides, protects, and watches over His subjects, desiring that they follow His teaching and remain faithful until the end.
A Good Mother
“when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also” (2 Timothy 1:5).
As Paul writes to encourage this young preacher, he expresses his desire to see him in person as he recalls the faithful family from which he has come: a grandmother and a mother who instilled their great faith into Timothy.
One can never overestimate the value of the influence of those with whom we associate. Especially on this day set aside by the world to recognize mothers, it seems appropriate that we pause to acknowledge the lasting influence that mothers of faith have had over us.
A good mother may be described by many complimentary words: a pearl of great price, the foundation of a happy home, a master of multi-tasking, a skilled negotiator, the glue that holds a family together, and the list could go on. Our gratitude goes out to all who have exerted influence to direct us to be the kind of Christian God wants us to be.
On Being Holy
“but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy’ ” (1 Peter 1:15).
One of the strongest motivations for living a holy life is that the God Himself is holy, meaning He sets Himself apart from the degradation of sin and corruption found on this earth.
For Christians to be called “holy,” they must first be devoted to God and, then, conduct themselves in a way that shows they are dedicated to living the kind of life God wants them to live. Specifically, it means to “sanctify themselves, …to cleanse themselves from all defilement, to forsake sin, to live a holy manner of life.”
Living a holy life is a sure way to develop a solid Christian character that is crucial to pleasing God. It includes both a positive attitude toward God and actions that demonstrate our reliance on God’s will as our guide.
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