It is good to remind ourselves often Who the Lord is, and who we are. Job 40 did that for me this morning. Verse 10 bent the knees of my heart instantly. In the Amplified it says, “(Since you question the manner of the Almighty’s rule) deck yourself now with the excellency and dignity (of the Supreme Ruler, and yourself undertake the government of the world if you are so wise), and array yourself with honor and majesty.”
Shortly after this Job spoke about how God’s words affected him. Job 42:2-3 says, “I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You. You asked, Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge? There I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.”
The Lord will fulfill His purpose in our lives. It may not look like we would think. It may not be what we would want. However it is His perfect plan and purpose for us. We are created to glorify Him. He works all the things in our lives according to His will not ours.
Years ago Francis Schaeffer wrote a book entitled: How Then Shall We Live? 1 Peter 1:17 says, “And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear.”
The word ‘conduct’ has been in my journaling’s the last few days. What does it look like? Ephesians 4:22-24 says that we are to ‘put off’ the things we are thinking and doing that would not glorify the Lord. Then renew our minds with His truth on how He wants us to conduct ourselves. Then we can ‘put on’ our new man that was created according (in the same measure) to His righteousness and holiness.
Here is a new song that bubbled up after I read Job 40:
I bow before You Lord. You are great and awesome in power. There is none like You, no one Your equal. You alone are Ruler Over All. To You I offer my praise. You alone are worthy. I’m created to glorify You, through a life yielded and true. All that I have is from You. They are gifts from above, showered upon me in loving mercy. You never change, remaining the same: Faithful and True, and Gracious. My purpose is to glorify You, in all that I say and do. Every word from my mouth, every action and plan, it’s all through You and for You. I am nothing in myself.