August 17 “The mere edges of His ways” & LINKUP

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Even nature in all its splendor shows us the mere edges of His ways.

Today’s Readings:
Job 26
Psalm 96.11-13
Proverbs 23.10-12
Romans 15.25-33

Job 26:

What an awesome God!

Job and his friends disagreed about the source of Job’s troubles, but they did not disagree about the glory, power, and holiness of God. Here in chapter 26, Job says …

earth, worldHe hangs the earth on nothing. He binds up the water in His thick clouds, yet the clouds are not broken under it … He drew a circular horizon on the face of the waters, at the boundary of light and darkness. The pillars of heaven tremble, and are astonished at His rebuke. He stirs up the sea with His power, and by His understanding He breaks up the storm … Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways, and how small a whisper we hear of Him! But the thunder of His power who can understand?” (v. 7-8, 10-14).

Think about that phrase, “these are the mere edges of His ways.” Even when we view the beauty and majesty of creation or see His power in lightning, hurricanes, and volcanoes or study the intricacies of the human body or watch the birth of a baby, we are only seeing the mere edges of His ways … His power … His wisdom … His glory … His holiness … His sovereignty. What an awesome God we serve!

creation, landscapePsalm 96.11-13:

His glory in creation

Verses 11-12:

11 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.

Here nature itself is pictured as rejoicing over the coming of the Lord to rule His creation.

Proverbs 23.10-12:

Apply your heart to instruction

Verse 12, “Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to words of knowledge.”

Like the loving Father that He is, God encourages us to give heed, to pay close attention to, instruction and knowledge.

prayerRomans 15.25-33: Continue reading