THE GIFT OF ABUNDANT CREATION
April 7, 2019 | Job 5:8–16; 37:2–13
This Month’s Issue
According to Charity Water, an organization whose mission is to provide clean water to people worldwide, 663 million people in the world live without clean water. That means 1 in every 10 people, or twice the population of the United States. Most live in rural areas. In Africa, women spend 40 billion hours every year walking to get water. Access to clean water gives them a more abundant life.
He provides rain for the earth; he sends water on the countryside.
In today’s passage, Job is wrestling with injustice for the turn his life has taken. His friend Eliphaz counseled him: “If I were you, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him” (5:8). Why seek counsel with God during these most difficult moments of life? Because of the abundant character and nature of God.
God has shown His nature by performing miracles and wonders (5:9). He has demonstrated that He is the great provider who ensures life is sustained on this Earth. How beautiful to consider that each raindrop is a gift from God (5:10). The water so many depend on for life has been given by the Creator.
Eliphaz also suggests that God’s care extends beyond provision for the natural sustenance of creation. He also protects His people. Because God is in control, as the creator, giver, and protector of life, even “the poor have hope” (5:16).
Near the end of the book of Job, God’s nature is described further. Chapter 37 says we should “listen to the roar of his voice” (v. 2). God is depicted as a mighty force unleashing lightning and thunder (vv. 3, 4). He commands the snow and determines the rain that falls. God’s power, as well as His love and care, are revealed in the natural world that He created and controls. This passage finishes with a reminder that the very water of the earth shows God’s love (v. 13).
APPLY THE WORD
We often take God’s gifts, His provision for us, for granted. Today, let’s focus on water. Every time you take a drink of water, turn on the faucet, wash a dish, or take a shower, thank and praise God. We often focus on what we don’t have instead of on what God has given. Let’s thank Him today for water and the way He sustains us.
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