15th June 2016

Now I See You Great God (Part 1)

“In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job.”
Job 1:1 (NIV)

Some time ago I watched a film about a lady whose life was falling to pieces—her marriage was on the rocks, and as a result of that her career too was in the doldrums. One night, unable to sleep because of all this stress and strain, she got up and decided to pray. She began, “Hello God, nice to finally meet you!” In tears she poured out her heart to this invisible being that she had heard about but didn’t really know.

One of the more well-known characters in the Old Testament had a similar experience—his name was Job and he too had lost everything, all of his worldly goods and his children were taken from him; and then he was afflicted with boils over his whole body and moved to an ash heap scraping his afflicted body with a piece of broken pottery!

In one way his experience was different from this lady’s, because Job was very familiar with God and actually thought he knew him very well. Unfortunately he didn’t really! In the first two chapters of Job you will find just how all this came about and you will also discover that he is called “blameless and upright!” Thirty six long chapters later we find Job still complaining and arguing with his three friends, who are at the end of their tether: in chapter 32 verse 1 it says, “So these three men stopped answering Job because he was righteous in his own eyes.”

Finally, God stepped in and began to question this man, Job. Notice Job 38:1: “Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm.” Addressing Job directly, God asks him many searching questions which are contained in chapters 38 to 41; revealing to him just who He really is and what His power and majesty are like. This makes an exciting read if you haven’t done so before, but it is also a joy for some of us to re-read it and remember just who God is and the greatness of His power. It had a very special impact on Job, the man who thought he really understood all about God; but after this teaching he realised just how ignorant he was, saying, “My ears have heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:5-6) Just like all of us, as we get close to the great God; He becomes bigger and we become smaller in our own eyes!

But perhaps you are someone who doesn’t believe in God; but you know what? He believes in you! Isn’t it time for you to approach Him and say, ”Hello, nice to meet you!”

Great God, we marvel and stand in awe of your greatness, realising just how finite we are and how infinite you are. In many ways we wonder why you should even think of us and love us, but you do! Thank you!

Study by Cliff Neill


cliffneillAbout the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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