Stop and Consider
Today’s reading: Job 35-37; Acts 14
14 “Hear this, O Job; stop and consider the wondrous works of God. Job 37:14
16 In past generations he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways. 17 Yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.” Acts 14:16-17
God’s glory is set forth in splendor in His creation. The Psalmist wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge” (Psalm 19:1-2). This is a truth as old as time and hard to be ignored. Yet Paul wrote that the unrighteous suppress the obvious truth of God and exchange the truth for the lie (Romans 1:18-25).
Elihu, in his monologue with Job, calls on him to “stop and consider the wondrous works of God.” Elihu spoke truth in one of the earliest events of biblical history. He may have lacked love and compassion for his suffering friend, but we cannot accuse him of a falsehood at this point.
Paul brings up a similar declaration in his speech to the crowd at Lystra. He credits God with all the blessings that they have experienced of rains and fruitful seasons, of food and gladness which brings satisfaction to their hearts. He starts where they are human beings, just like himself, who have received far more than they deserve.
Despite the clarity of the witness to God’s power and deity in the things He has made and the blessings He sends, those who refuse to acknowledge Him as God are only angered or irritated by these reminders. If you believe, be sure your praises go to Him often. He is worthy of all our adoration, all day, every day. Stop and consider.