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God's greatness 3

'Can you make lightning appear and cause it to strike as you direct?' Job 38:35 NLT

Satan thought that Job was only a good and righteous man because God had blessed him and that if he had to face real difficulties he'd turn against God. So God had granted Satan permission to test this out. First, Job's animals, servants and children were killed in one day. But Job said, 'May the name of the Lord be praised' (Job 1:21 NIV). Then Job was afflicted with painful sores all over his skin. But he refused to stop trusting God. God never gives Job a reason for his troubles; instead, he asks him a number of questions: 'Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?'; 'Have you ever commanded the morning to appear and caused the dawn to rise in the east?' 'Can you make lightning appear and cause it to strike as you direct' (Job 38:4, 12, 35 NLT)? God's pointing out that Job doesn't have God's power or understanding, and Job realises his limited understanding of God. And God goes on to bless Job for his faithfulness.

What can we learn from Job's story? When we're facing difficulties, we may not understand why, but it's important for us to keep praising and trusting God through them. His understanding of the situation and the way he's working is far more complex than we can understand with our limited human knowledge.

So what now? If anything (big or small) goes wrong today, say to God,' I choose to trust you and praise you, whatever situation I'm in.'

Soulfood: 1 Chr 4:24-5:26 Lk 11:45-54 Ps 119:1-8 Pro 20:15-18,

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