Job 11: 7-9 ” Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than the heavens – what can you do? They are deeper than the depths of the grave – what can you know? Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.”

I think wise King Solomon summed it up best in Ecclesiastes 3:11 when he wrote, “God has set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”  We can’t begin to know the mind of God, or even start to grasp His majesty and power.  We can only trust in His love and faithfulness towards us and walk in obedience…knowing He is in control of every detail of our life.  For nothing happens to us that hasn’t already passed through God’s hands.

Numbers 24:12-13 ” Balaam answered Balak, ‘Did I not tell the messangers you sent me, even if Balak gave me his palace filled with silver and gold, I could not do anything of my own accord, good or bad, to go beyond the command of the Lord – and I must say only what the Lord says?’ “

The king of the Moabites, Balak, had attempted to hire Balaam, (a soothsayer who used divination and sorcery for personal gain), to pronounce a curse on the tribes of Israel.  But every time Balaam tried,  out came a blessing instead.  Try as he might, Balaam was forced to conform to God’s will and he realized that nothing he did would change that…no matter how much King Balak offered him.  We may think evil is running amuck on the earth…unimpeded by anything.  But God is still in control, ruling and reigning over every situation, every detail, every person.

Joel 2: 25 ” I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten-“

For many, life has been hard.  Years have been lost to bad choices, addictions, and the consequences caused by other people’s decisions.  We can’t but feel that our life has been robbed of  time.   But the Lord is telling us in this Scripture that He will completely fulfill those lost years…allowing us to reclaim the happiness and contentment…the peace and security that we thought we’d never have again.   For He is the God of redemption –  accomplishing the impossible,  and bringing to pass the unimaginable in our lives.

Job 42:1 ” Then Job replied to the Lord: ‘I know that You can do all things; no plan of Yours can be thwarted.’ “

If you get nothing else from this devotional today…please grasp this concept –  nothing is too hard for the Lord.   Job’s personal relationship with God helped him understand that nothing could hinder or stop God’s plan and purpose.  Ephesians 1:11 says, “According to the plan of Him Who works everything in conformity with the purpose of His Will.”   There is nothing that can prevent God’s Will from being fulfilled, for all power and might are in His hands.  So if you’re facing impossible challenges today…take heart, nothing is too hard for the Lord.

Job 1:21 ” Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”

Job couldn’t understand what had happened to him…he had just lost all his children and his livelihood.  Yet here, he acknowledges God’s total sovereignty.   We also will go through tragic times…times when we shake our head in utter bewilderment at the senseless acts we see and hear about.  So we need to be reminded here that our Lord’s power has not diminished…His authority and supremacy has not waned in light of the increasing  evilness  in the world.  God’s rule is still absolute…His dominion still remains established and true.  We may not be able to understand…but we can echo Job’s words, “May the name of the Lord be praised.”

Exodus 6:1 ” Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of My mighty hand he will let them go; because of My mighty hand he will drive them out of his country.’ “

We look at the chaos today and we think the world is totally out of control.  But Proverbs 21:1 reminds us, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord;  He directs it like a watercourse wherever He pleases.”  Pharaoh foolishly thought he was the most powerful man in the world…arrogantly thinking that no one could usurp his authority.  But Pharaoh wasn’t aware that the Lord was directing him and that he was just a pawn in God’s bigger picture.  For God tells Moses in Exodus 7:3, “But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart…”   And in Romans 9: 17 Paul goes on to explain, “For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: ‘ I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display My power in you and that My name might be proclaimed in all the earth.’ ”   So as we see the turmoil around us,  we need to remember that the mighty hand of the Lord hasn’t changed…He still rules and reigns over all…He’s still in control.

II Corinthians 4: 8-9 ” We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”

As we learned from the Devotional yesterday, we have this great and wonderful treasure in jars of clay.  But just like those breakable vessels, our mortal body can be stronger than we can imagine.  You see, those clay jars withstood outside pressure and remained durable and lasting for hundreds of years…and so can we.  This verse promises us that we can be troubled but not overwhelmed by it…confused but not to the point of hopelessness…harassed and bullied but never forsaken by our Heavenly Father. You are a jar of clay, but one tough, resilient, and tenacious jar – holding an unspeakable treasure within.

Job 21:22 “Can anyone teach knowledge to God, since He judges even the highest?”

The very source of all truth comes from God.  No one teaches or advises Him.  He is the Supreme Ruler of both heaven and earth…and He governs justly to all.  No one is like our God, not one.  And for those who put their trust in Him…there is the promise of eternal life.

Isaiah 1: 19-20 ” If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Yielding our will to God is not easy…for compliance never comes without internal struggle.  But if we listen to Him…understanding that it’s for our own good that He’s directing us that way…and then obey the message we’ve heard…God will work all things out for our good.  Along this same line, Job 36:11 says, “If they obey and serve Him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity  and their years in contentment.”  Simple obedience…sometimes hard to do, but oh so beneficial.

I John 4:18 ” There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

With maturity in the Lord comes new boldness and confidence.  A strong Christian walk seasons and prepares us so that when fear threatens, we can face it without anxiety and insecurity.  The time is now to face that fear head on…don’t allow it to control and  dominate your life…for that fear causes you to forfeit your peace and wellbeing.

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