When I read chapters 38 and 39 of the book of Job, I felt as if I was reading poetry. The Lord’s words as He spoke of His creation and sovereignty are beautiful and rich. We learn a lot too. We learn that the ostrich is not loving toward her young. She treats the, as if they are not hers. We learn that God deprived her of wisdom and understanding.
He sends lightnings where He wants them to go. They obey His command. He hunts the prey for the lion and fills the appetite of their young. He provides the food for the raven when its young cry out to Him because of lack of meat. He knows when the wild goats give birth and the hinds calve. He provides homes for the wild ass, and the eagle who at His command builds her nest up high. Her home is on the rock where she can see her prey. It is by God’s wisdom that the hawk flies south. Every creation, all of nature responds to their Creator. God is reminding Job who is in charge and He is drawing his focus away from his situation and unto Himself.
God wants us to know that just as He knows every detail of the lives of the animals and nature that He knows every detail of our lives. Just as He hears and responds to the cries of the raven’s young and just as He provides for the lions, just so He does for us.
Instead of questioning and wondering where God is during times of trouble and hardship, remember how He has taken care of us in the past and trust that He will in the present and in the future. It is during these hard times that we ought to remember that God is in absolute control and that should give us some comfort and reassurance.
It is interesting that God speaks to Job in a whirlwind while with Elijah, it says, “And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind, an earthquake; and after the earthquake, a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire, a still small voice” – 1 Kings 19:11, 12.
God speaks to us in different ways—in whatever way that will grab our attention and by whatever means. The way He responds to us depends on the situation we are in. Sometimes as in Job’s case we are so caught up in our woes and troubles that we fail to hear the still small voice and when we have other voices clamouring for our attention that makes it even harder. So, God has to do what He has to do to get our attention. And other times we are able to hear the still small voice once we have stilled our own thoughts and blocked out the external noises and distractions.
Be thankful when God seeks your attention.