The Staggering Scale and Order of God’s Creation (Job pt9)
The physical world declares the glory and goodness of God. Maybe a really practical out working of this is to go out and see, and smell and touch God’s world, to refresh your soul in the sheer expanse of God’s ordering, providing, and caring beyond your suffering. Not to minimise it, but to remind yourself it is not all pain. Creation is not unrestrained or disordered chaos. It is good and God cares.
Suffering shrinks our perspective. When you stub your toe it feels as if your whole body is crying out in agony. You’re acutely aware of the throbbing pain so much so that it consumes you. You aren’t aware of every other system in your body working as they should, its amazing intricacies and order, just the pain in your toe. Suffering is like that – it shrinks our horizons to just the pain we feel. It makes it hard to see any good beyond the pain we’re in. That’s what’s happened to Job and so God in this chapter is opening his eyes to the amazing order and goodness in God’s creation even post fall. Job wonders is God in control of creation or is it all chaos unchecked, but here God shows him the amazing scale and order in creation.
Every time God asks “Where were you…?”, or “Who marked off…?”, or “Have you ever…?” Or “Can you…?” Easy to answer questions. He’s showing Job that though Job can’t create, mark off, order, bind, or even go to these places or things God has and does. Every question that invites the answer ‘No, I can’t but you alone LORD can’ is showing Job that his deepest fears about God, those dark whisperings that God isn’t good, isn’t in control, that creation is all chaos and darkness that have begun to wrap their tendrils round his heart aren’t true.
God begins by going back to creation (4-7)and his laying the foundations and marking off the dimensions of the earth, that caused the angels to shout for joy. The world doesn’t spin off it’s axis or out of its orbit because God ordered it just so.