How in the world is it 2016? I was just getting used to 2015 and it is gone! Maybe you’ve also noticed that life never seems to slow down. Seconds turn into minutes, minutes to hours, hours to days, and before we realize it, weeks and months are flying by. Simply put, this world appears to be unstoppable, and sometimes, the problems of life seem to be insurmountable.
We can easily be swept up in the current of every day living and lose track of reality and of God. With all the strife we see today, it’s easy to think that the world is out of control and there is no way to make sense of it all, but there’s a character in the Bible who experienced an unstoppable God in the craziness of life. That man is Job, and in the book bearing his name, he is stricken with loss and illness, and in the midst of the hurt, his closest friends tried to get him to renounce his faith in God. But when he engages the Creator of the universe, the response is simply breathtaking.
Job 38: 1-11 reads: 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 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’?”
Simply put, when God is asked to account for Job’s situation, he had but one reply: “I’m an unstoppable God, and my wisdom cannot be grasped by man.” Now, don’t think that God was somehow rude to Job. He was simply setting the record straight that he is in control. Nothing is outside the notice of God, and nothing is beyond his understanding. As we jump into a brand new year, we’re introducing this song Sunday as a reminder that no matter how big our problems appear, we still serve an unstoppable God, one who has the power and wisdom to create all things and work in manner for our good. Take heart, a loving, unstoppable who cares for all of his children is in control.