At the end of the book of Job, God finally resolves Job’s long ordeal by pointing Job to Himself. Job had struggled mightily in his trial and had questioned God’s wisdom in His treatment of Job. God asks Job several dozen questions to point Job to the creative ability, power and wisdom of his God. One passage is almost comical:
Job 39:13-18 "The ostriches' wings flap joyously With the pinion and plumage of love, For she abandons her eggs to the earth And warms them in the dust, And she forgets that a foot may crush them, Or that a wild beast may trample them. "She treats her young cruelly, as if they were not hers; Though her labor be in vain, she is unconcerned; Because God has made her forget wisdom, And has not given her a share of understanding. When she lifts herself on high, She laughs at the horse and his rider.
The ostrich is a very interesting creature. Here is a bird that flaps her wings, but cannot fly. Though she cannot fly, she is faster than a horse and rider! And this bird is stupid. God says He made her forget wisdom. Unlike other birds, she doesn’t care if the eggs of her young are destroyed. Job, can you explain why I would create such a bird? It doesn’t make sense to you, does it? Yet, as your perfect and wise God, I made her to display my glory.
God used this incident to teach Job (and us) a principle God would later communicate through Isaiah. “…As the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.” God taught Job that he could trust God in the trials that didn’t make sense to him. God does some things that we just can’t understand. But we must trust the One whose way and thoughts are infinitely higher than ours.
Fri, March 4, 2011
by Terry Devitt filed under