The Ever-Present and Almighty God

As we in the United States and the world observe the tragedy of 9/11 the message of this devotion bears meaning for all of us.  Even in Job’s darkest days God was with him as he is with each of us no matter how dark things may seem. Sharing the Daily Devotion from the Living Chruch Foundation edited by the Reverend Emily R. Hylden and written by Mary Via.

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An Almighty God
Daily Devotional • September 11
By Mary Via
We likely have, like Job, found ourselves at one point or another sitting on a heap of ashes asking, “Why me, O Lord? What could I have possibly done to deserve this?”

These strike me as fair questions, but in today’s Old Testament reading God rebukes Job as though he were an impertinent child: “From whose womb did the ice come forth, and who has given birth to the hoar-frost of heaven?” (Job 38:29). Spoiler alert: Not Job.

When our personal problems loom large, it can be helpful to remember that God is so much bigger than even the biggest obstacle we might face and greater than anything we can imagine. When news headlines fill us with dread and fear, we can find solace in remembering that there was never a time when God was not; nor will there ever be. Might we gain some needed perspective in the midst of our difficulties if we can rest in the knowledge that we worship an almighty and transcendent God who can bind the chains of the Pleiades and loose the cords of Orion (Job 38:31)?

Job 38:1, 18-41

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind: 18Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth? Declare, if you know all this. 19“Where is the way to the dwelling of light, and where is the place of darkness, 20that you may take it to its territory and that you may discern the paths to its home? 21Surely you know, for you were born then, and the number of your days is great! 22“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,23which I have reserved for the time of trouble, for the day of battle and war? 24What is the way to the place where the light is distributed, or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth?

25“Who has cut a channel for the torrents of rain, and a way for the thunderbolt, 26to bring rain on a land where no one lives, on the desert, which is empty of human life,27to satisfy the waste and desolate land, and to make the ground put forth grass?28“Has the rain a father, or who has begotten the drops of dew? 29From whose womb did the ice come forth, and who has given birth to the hoarfrost of heaven? 30The waters become hard like stone, and the face of the deep is frozen. 31“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, or loose the cords of Orion? 32Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season, or can you guide the Bear with its children? 33Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you establish their rule on the earth? 34“Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, so that a flood of waters may cover you? 35Can you send forth lightnings, so that they may go and say to you, ‘Here we are’? 36Who has put wisdom in the inward parts, or given understanding to the mind? 37Who has the wisdom to number the clouds? Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens, 38when the dust runs into a mass and the clods cling together? 39“Can you hunt the prey for the lion, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions, 40when they crouch in their dens, or lie in wait in their covert? 41Who provides for the raven its prey, when its young ones cry to God, and wander about for lack of food?

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