Monday, December 17, 2012

Where Was God?

Those Who Know Him Know

Since the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary last Friday, many have asked "Where was God?".
To those who asked that question and are now looking to their government to prevent another mass murder, listen carefully.  You're looking in the wrong direction!

God spoke the following words to Job, but He could just as well be speaking them today to all those "wise" politicians in Washington who think they can legislate a solution to all the evils of this world...

Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:
 “Who is this that obscures my plans
    with words without knowledge?
 Brace yourself like a man;
    I will question you,
    and you shall answer me.
“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
    Tell me, if you understand.
 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
    Who stretched a measuring line across it?
 On what were its footings set,
    or who laid its cornerstone
 while the morning stars sang together
    and all the angels[a] shouted for joy?
 “Who shut up the sea behind doors
    when it burst forth from the womb,
 when I made the clouds its garment
    and wrapped it in thick darkness,
 when I fixed limits for it
    and set its doors and bars in place,
 when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther;
    here is where your proud waves halt’?
 “Have you ever given orders to the morning,
    or shown the dawn its place,
 that it might take the earth by the edges
    and shake the wicked out of it?
 The earth takes shape like clay under a seal;
    its features stand out like those of a garment.
 The wicked are denied their light,
    and their upraised arm is broken.
 “Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea
    or walked in the recesses of the deep?
 Have the gates of death been shown to you?
    Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?
 Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?
    Tell me, if you know all this.
 “What is the way to the abode of light?
    And where does darkness reside?
 Can you take them to their places?
    Do you know the paths to their dwellings?
 Surely you know, for you were already born!
    You have lived so many years!
 “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow
    or seen the storehouses of the hail,
 which I reserve for times of trouble,
    for days of war and battle?
 What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed,
    or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth?
 Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain,
    and a path for the thunderstorm,
 to water a land where no one lives,
    an uninhabited desert,
 to satisfy a desolate wasteland
    and make it sprout with grass?
 Does the rain have a father?
    Who fathers the drops of dew?
 From whose womb comes the ice?
    Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens
 when the waters become hard as stone,
    when the surface of the deep is frozen?
 “Can you bind the chains[b] of the Pleiades?
    Can you loosen Orion’s belt?
 Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons[c]
    or lead out the Bear[d] with its cubs?
 Do you know the laws of the heavens?
    Can you set up God’s[e] dominion over the earth?
 “Can you raise your voice to the clouds
    and cover yourself with a flood of water?
 Do you send the lightning bolts on their way?
    Do they report to you, ‘Here we are’?
 Who gives the ibis wisdom[f]
    or gives the rooster understanding?[g]
 Who has the wisdom to count the clouds?
    Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens
 when the dust becomes hard
    and the clods of earth stick together?
 “Do you hunt the prey for the lioness
    and satisfy the hunger of the lions
 when they crouch in their dens
    or lie in wait in a thicket?
 Who provides food for the raven
    when its young cry out to God
    and wander about for lack of food?

Inspired by "A Holy Experience"

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