Saturday, June 6, 2009

The mightiness of God: digging deeper

Really, the words speak for themselves, but I'm including cross references and word translations for this quick devotional so we can gain a greater understanding and appreciation for what is being said in this Old Testament passage:

Job 37
22 Fair weather (in golden splendour he comes) cometh out of the north: with God is terrible (awesome) majesty.

23 Touching the Almighty, (1) we cannot find him out: (2) he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of (abundant) justice: he will not afflict (oppress).

24 Men do therefore (3) fear him: he respecteth not any that are (4) wise of heart.


(1) "we cannot find him out":
1 Timothy 6:16
"Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen."

(2) "he is excellent in power, and in judgment,"
Job 9:4
He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?

Job 36:5
Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom.

(3) "... fear him"
Matthew 10:28
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

(4) "... wise of heart"
Matthew 11:25
At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.


I have seen the verse before that had the point that God does not respect men (and the reference leaves me now, do you know which one I'm thinking of?), but I have never seen a passage that drives that point home more than this one. You think reading the Old Testament that it's a about God coming in judgement of those who do not follow him, but this is completely applicable to us, as the wise in heart. Yes, we have His wisdom if we are born again, but even with the wisdom He allows us as his children, we will never have his "respect" like we would from another human.

It is humbling to think of the sheer holiness of the God Almighty, don't you think?

1 comment:

  1. God is Almighty. It just rang in my head this morning saying 'The Mightiness of God' and I started researching about His mightiness. I went to the internet to search what others have said concerning this topic and found it here.

    I love Him who gave us His son, God Almighty is His name.

    Thank you for this piece.