In my daily Bible reading I’m currently in the book of Job, which our gut reaction sometimes is to think of Job as a book on perseverance. And that is certainly an element of Job and his situation, but if we stay in that camp we completely miss a deeper understanding of the book and a deeper understanding of who God is.
Job is sitting there with 3 of his “friends” (I use the word friend loosely because they really aren’t friendly towards Job and it makes me wonder if they really know anything about Job). But they try to offer up their own thoughts on who God is and why these catastrophes have fallen to Job. But Job is the only man in this story that speaks the most wisdom about God.
In chapter 26 Job describes God’s grand power and control of the universe. He describes things that we as humans can’t even begin to understand, but to God they are so basic.
“And these are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of him! Who then can understand the thunder of his power?” Job 26:14
So many times we want to confine God in a box. We want to say God should be this way, or God should do this, or this is how God is. But the truth is, God doesn’t fit in our box. God is much bigger than any nation, political party, policy decision, human strength/failure, budget, or any other kind of limiting wall we might build. I think it’s time we destroyed some walls and really let God do what he can and not what we think he should do.