God’s Power: Whispers and Fringes


We see the amazing creative power of God and his sovereign control of the heavens and the earth, and Job says this is just a whisper of God’s power.  Job’s trust is in the God whose power Job has only experienced at the fringes.  Do you trust that God?

1 Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:
2 “Dominion and awe belong to God;
he establishes order in the heights of heaven.
3 Can his forces be numbered?
On whom does his light not rise?
4 How then can a mortal be righteous before God?
How can one born of woman be pure?

1 Then Job replied:
7 He spreads out the northern skies over empty space;
he suspends the earth over nothing.
8 He wraps up the waters in his clouds,
yet the clouds do not burst under their weight.
14 And these are but the outer fringe of his works;
how faint the whisper we hear of him!
Who then can understand the thunder of his power?”

1 And Job continued his discourse:
2 “As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice,
the Almighty, who has made my life bitter,
3 as long as I have life within me,
the breath of God in my nostrils,
4 my lips will not say anything wicked,
and my tongue will not utter lies.
5 I will never admit you are in the right;
till I die, I will not deny my integrity.
6 I will maintain my innocence and never let go of it;
my conscience will not reproach me as long as I live.
Job 25:1-4, 26:1, 7-8, 14, 27:1-6

Bildad says that all power belongs to the Lord, which is evident in the way he establishes order in the heavens. Therefore, Bildad says that no mere mortal, born of a woman, can be pure or righteous before God.  Now, Jesus was not a mere mortal, yet he did take on the form of humanity (Philippians 2) and was completely pure and righteous before God (Hebrews 4).

We are not. Bildad is right.  We are born into sin because of the fall of humanity in the garden of Eden. We affirm God’s righteousness and our fallen natures every time we go astray like sheep from our shepherd.  In the case of Job, though, Bildad’s point is that Job’s loss and sickness, which God has allowed in his life, is the result of Job’s sin. Bildad is saying that Job is under the punishment of God.

Job’s response is in agreement regarding God’s power.  He says that the majestic works of God that we see are just the fringes of his works.  We see the amazing creative power of God and his sovereign control of the heavens and the earth, and Job says this is a whisper of God’s power.

In Job’s mind, we cannot understand the thunder of God’s power when all we have seen and heard is a whisper.  Take that in.  If the power of God that we have seen is only a fraction of what he is able to do, how immeasurably more is God able compared to our imaginations (Ephesians 3:20)?

Job goes on to say that even though God has denied him justice and made his life bitter, Job will not say anything wicked or speak lies.  Job’s conscience is clear and his allegiance to God is unwavering.  Even though he cannot explain God’s actions toward him, Job has incredible faith in the full power of Almighty God because of the whisper of power Job has seen in his life.

Will you trust God, who set the sun, moon, and stars in place,  regardless of your circumstance?  Rather than going to him in blame and anger, approach God with faith and reverence.  All the while the breath of God is in your lungs, continue to honour him…

Amen.

Marc Kinna

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