The “Wow!” of God – June 24, 2024

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’?
Job 38:1-11

The “Wow!” of God

Family Devotion – June 24, 2024

Devotion based on Job 38:1-11

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In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

On April 8, 2024, an eclipse happened in much of the United States. Did someone in your family see it? An eclipse is when the moon passes in front of the sun and blocks its light. In some places, it got totally dark in the middle of the afternoon! Can you imagine that? When people saw it, they were amazed. They said, “Wow! We are so small. God is so big!”

We need to remember that because we all have a problem, we like to think we’re bigger than we really are. We like to think that even God himself should listen to us. We think, “God, why don’t you do this? God, why don’t you do things my way?” In the Bible, a man named Job started to ask questions like that. “Why, God, why? Wouldn’t it be better if you listened to me?”

Can you guess God’s reply? God appeared to Job and told him to think of how big and awesome the universe is because God is even bigger and more awesome. God asked Job things like, “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?” (Job 38:4). Well, where was Job when God created the world? Nowhere, and he was not even born.

Did Job have a right to question God? No. Kind of like with that eclipse, Job simply needed to look up to God and say, “Wow!” Who measured out the earth’s dimensions and built it like a carpenter building a house? God did. Wow! Who set limits for the oceans and said to their waves, “You can’t go any further!”? God did. Wow! Who invented eclipses and placed the earth and the moon on their perfect paths around the sun? God did. Wow!

And here is the best part: That God loves you! The God who made the sun made you. The God who planned out the universe planned your salvation through faith in Jesus. Like Job learned, God is with us even in all the storms of life. What do we have to say? “Wow! Wow! God, wow!”

Closing Prayer:

Dear God, you are awesome! Forgive us when we think we’re bigger than we really are. Forgive us for the times we try to tell you what to do. Use your creation around us to amaze us and lead us to say, “Wow!” when we think of your power and grace. Amen.

The questions below are to help families discuss this devotion. The questions are divided by age group as suggestions, but anyone could reflect on any of the questions as they desire.

Questions for Younger Children

  • Which is bigger: God or the sun?
  • When we know how big God is, why don’t we have to be scared of anything?

Questions for Elementary Age Children

  • Why do we sometimes think we can tell God what to do?
  • Besides the examples used in this devotion, list three amazing things God has created.

Questions for Middle School and Above

  • Job was especially tempted to question God when troubles came into his life. Why do you think we’re tempted to question God when life is hard?
  • Explain how scientists and their research can help us appreciate how amazing God is.

 

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