“Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place, that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it? It is changed like clay under the seal, and its features stand out like a garment. From the wicked their light is withheld, and their uplifted arm is broken. (Job 38:12-15 ESV)
Last night around 10 pm there was a tornado warning here in the big town of Harris, Minnesota. My wife and I tried to fall asleep, but the sound of the rain and wind made it hard to rest. Karie opened up her weather app multiple times to look at the radar. We knew there was nothing we could do to change or alter anything that was happening outside and so we did the only thing we could do, pray. We simply held one another’s hand and asked the One who commands the sky to protect our family and our home.
I am writing this morning before the sun has risen, so I do not know what trees may have fallen, or if any toys are spread around the house. But what I do know is that my home and my family are safe and sound.
The storms that happen in our world are intended to humble us. God speaks down from the whirlwind and asks Job if he has been the one commanding the morning and the night since the days began upon this earth. The obvious answer to the question is “no,” but why not?
Why did you not command the morning to come today? Why did you not do it a thousand years ago? Why won’t you do it one hundred years from now?
For one, you were not there at the beginning to accomplish such a task. You do not have the power required to move the vastness of our great world. You do not have the authority to declare such commands. You do not have the wisdom, knowledge, or discernment to know how to do such a thing. You do not have the ability to see what would need to be seen to utter such a command. You do not have the strength of voice, nor the right language to be understood. You frankly have none of the skills, abilities, understanding, power, nor authority to command even one sunrise to come. That is humbling. And that is what God intends by speaking such words to both Job and us. We are intended to be humbled, and he intends to be exalted!