God asked Job about the stars. “‘Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, or loose the cords of Orion? Can you lead forth a constellation in its season, and guide the Bear with her satellites? Do you know the ordinances of the heavens, or fix their rule over the earth?'” ~ Job 38:31-33. And then He moved on to the mysteries of the animal kingdom.
“‘Can you hunt the prey for the lion, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions, when they crouch in their dens, and lie in wait in their lair? Who prepares for the raven its nourishment, when its young cry to God, and wander about without food?'” ~ Job 38:39-41
God did not create this magnificent world and then walk away to leave us to our own devices. He hears the cries of the birds when they are hungry and gives them food. And notice that the birds cry to God. If the birds cry out to God, shouldn’t we also go to Him for provision? How much more then does He hear our cries and meet our needs?
Jesus told us in Matthew 6:25-26 ~ “‘For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not worth much more than they?'”
God continued on in Job 39, speaking of the mountain goats, deer, wild donkeys, wild ox, ostriches, horses, and hawks. Beautiful, descriptive passages ~ go read this chapter for yourselves! 🙂 And then…
“Then the LORD said to Job, ‘Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who reproves God answer it.’ ~ Job 40:1-2. God challenged Job to speak up and answer His first “speech”.
“Then Job answered the LORD and said, ‘Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to Thee? I lay my hand on my mouth. Once I have spoken, and I will not answer; even twice, and I will add no more.'” ~ Job 40:3-5
Remember, “the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind” (Job 38:1). Can you imagine how Job trembled in the presence of the storm of the Almighty Creator? Can you imagine how humbled he was? Can you imagine how he may have regretted some of his previous words?
“I lay my hand on my mouth”. Like a child clapping a hand over his mouth when he realizes he has said too much, or trying to keep himself from saying more, Job recognized how foolish his speeches had been, and how wise it was to keep his mouth closed now!
We cannot understand everything. We don’t have all the answers. But we do have all the promises and the testimony of God’s Word! Instead of complaining and fretting, we need to remember that we are worth so much more than the birds of the air to our Heavenly Father. He has promised to take care of our needs, so we can focus on fulfilling the calling He has for each of us.
“‘And do not seek what you shall eat, and what you shall drink, and do not keep worrying. For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek for His kingdom, and these things shall be added to you.'” ~ Luke 12:29-31