Every Living Thing Week 2: Good
We’re into our second week in our new series, and Pastor Dan continued to lay the foundation for God’s creation as good and important to Him. He reiterated the three points from last week: That God made everything. He owns everything. And He declares it very good.
Pastor Dan pointed out that sometimes people think the creation is no longer good because it was affected by the curse of sin after the disobedience of Adam and Eve. It is true that creation has suffered under the effect of sin, but Pastor Dan pointed out that “good” doesn’t necessarily mean “perfect.” The creation can still be good, even now. And what we so clearly see throughout the Bible is that God seems to take great delight in His good creation.
We saw this so clearly when we looked at Job 38-39. I love these chapters! Some people have a really hard time with the book of Job — this poor man suffers so severely, even though he has done nothing wrong. It is a difficult book to process, and when God finally shows up to speak to Job in chapter 38, He gives none of the answers that Job has been looking for. Instead of explaining to Job about His suffering, God gives an amazing speech about His creation.
First He asks Job where he was when God laid the earth’s foundation — did he measure its dimensions or hear the morning stars singing or the angels shouting for joy? God goes on and on — beautiful language describing all He has done:
“Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place, that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it?”
“What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed, or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth? Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm, to water a land where no one lives, an uninhabited desert, to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass?”
“Who provides food for the raven when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food?”
“Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn? Do you count the months till they bear? Do you know the time they give birth?”
“Does the hawk take flight by your wisdom and spread its wings toward the south? Does the eagle soar at your command and build its nest on high?”
Wow. God does two things here — He shows that He is in control and Job is not. There is so much going on around us and God is intimately involved in every detail. We may not always understand the why, but if we know God’s character, we can rest in the fact that He is worth trusting.
Secondly, God delights in His creation! He gives orders to the morning and provides food for baby ravens. He cares for each of His creatures in extraordinary ways. I am expecting a baby in November, and I am always aware of what week I’m on (especially as these last few weeks drag by). I as a mother know when to expect my baby. And here we see God, counting the months until the doe bears her fawn, waiting excitedly for that new life to be born! How amazing!
Pastor Dan left us with a couple of things to consider. We should affirm, along with God, that His creation is good. And not just the parts that are useful to us. Job says that God waters land where no one lives — there are places we may never see that delight Him. And so we rejoice in that as He does. Secondly, we should worship the creator who did all of this. How majestic is His name in all the earth!
What stood out to you most in these chapters in the book of Job?