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God's Sovereignty: Week 1 - Devotion 1

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone—while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?” - Job 38:4-7

If you pay attention to how many people act, it’s tempting to be an “expert” on things we know nothing about. We see this in sports arenas when a coach calls a play that the fans disagree with, or even online when a person feels slighted and rants about it. Maybe you even have this problem in your own life as you give advice to others on how they should do something differently.

Flip that around, though. Think about how you’ve felt in the past when someone tried to tell you about something you clearly knew more about than they did. You probably struggled somewhere between biting your tongue and wanting to say, “Seriously? Let me tell you how little you actually know.”

Read the passage from Job through that lens. Job is basically questioning God, asking why things in life can be so tragic. The Lord replies by asking if Job really understands what he’s asking when, as a human, he can’t even understand how the world came to be! It’s a powerful reminder to Job that God is sovereign above all others.

 

Think about this: 

  1. How do you feel realizing that you'll never fully understand God? Even in heaven, He'll still be God, and you won't be. Does that bother you?

  2. When have you felt like your questions for God needed answers, but instead of giving you a direct response He gave you His presence instead?

Emily Traylor