“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
There’s More Than You See
Job is the poster child for trials and disruption in the Scriptures. He lost his kids, home, livestock, livelihood and health. Covered head to toe with painful boils, Job sat in ashes while his friends offered spiritually bankrupt advice. It did little to ease his ordeal. Satan watched in delight, convinced that Job would forsake God in such misfortune.
Finally, Job responded by recounting God’s act of creating everything in the universe. He concluded, “These (the majesty of creation we can see) are but the outer fringe of His works” (Job 26:14). Job compared the obvious glories of the incredible universe to the fringes of a rug. The marvels of the universe are just the edge of what God does!
Job’s comment offers great perspective for us in the midst of our current pandemic disruption. God is up to so much more than we will ever see or understand. No doubt that God will use this, as with any disruption, to accomplish His plans in our lives and in the world. A disruption for one person may be the thing that causes another person to turn to Christ for a relationship. Disruption opens our spiritual eyes to see God more clearly.
God has not fallen asleep. He is never wringing His hands. He is never stumped, fooled or dismayed. He is never scrambling to solve the world problems. He never utters the phrases, “Uh, oh!” or “Now what?” He is at work in unseen ways.
Christians are not exempt from the consequences of disaster or disruption. These are the times when one’s faith in God deepens and strengthens. Hebrews 11:1 says faith is the assurance of things not seen. We can trust the God who is at work in the universe in ways that we cannot see.
— Tom Petersburg, Catapult Ministries
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