Good morning! I hope this day finds you and your family well, and I want you to know that you are in my prayers daily during this difficult time.
I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Upper Room Devotional below — as well as on the theology woven into “It is well with my soul.”
Special thanks to Peggy Graff and her guests for providing this uplifting and inspiring addition to us in her Dog Days Duets series. I pray that these weekly selections will uplift your spirits and feed your soul as much as it does mine.
Job 37:14-24 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
14 “Hear this, O Job;
stop and consider the wondrous works of God.
15 Do you know how God lays his command upon them,
and causes the lightning of his cloud to shine?
16 Do you know the balancings of the clouds,
the wondrous works of the one whose knowledge is perfect,
17 you whose garments are hot
when the earth is still because of the south wind?
18 Can you, like him, spread out the skies,
hard as a molten mirror?
19 Teach us what we shall say to him;
we cannot draw up our case because of darkness.
20 Should he be told that I want to speak?
Did anyone ever wish to be swallowed up?
21 Now, no one can look on the light
when it is bright in the skies,
when the wind has passed and cleared them.
22 Out of the north comes golden splendor;
around God is awesome majesty.
23 The Almighty[a]—we cannot find him;
he is great in power and justice,
and abundant righteousness he will not violate.
24 Therefore mortals fear him;
he does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.”
Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today
The poetic section of the ancient book of Job ultimately declares to Job that he can’t possibly plumb the depths of understanding and knowledge. There is a lot of mystery in the world that inspires awe as we contemplate—even now—all that we do not understand. Job never really gets an answer to the “why?” of his own suffering, simply stands in awe of the great mysteries of creation that he cannot comprehend.
How do you approach mystery? Are you comfortable with it or does it make you uncomfortable? Does it spur you to investigate and learn?
I am grateful for all those who relentlessly pursue truth in whatever forms it comes. There is, in fact, joy in learning and growing in our knowledge, rather than being closed to new insights and new discoveries—even ones that may upset our previously-held views. Could those who are closed to new insights be the ones who Job 37:24 calls “any who are wise in their own conceit”?
Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and music that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.
I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster