Now onto today’s passage. Today’s passage is Job 39:1-30. Let’s go!
On Job 38:39 to Job 39:30: After silencing Job with questions about the origins of the universe (38:4-18) and about outer space (38:19-38), God now questions Job about the animal kingdom (38:39 to 39:30): lions (v39-40), ravens (v41), mountain goats (v3-4), donkeys (v6-8), wild oxen (v9-12), ostriches (v13-18), horses (v19-25), hawks (v26), and eagles (v27-30). When God asks questions about each animal, there is an attention to detail and a sense of wonder and excitement in God’s voice.
For example, here’s God talking about a horse:
Job 39:19-25 (NIV) 19 “Do you give the horse his strength or clothe his neck with a flowing mane? 20 Do you make him leap like a locust, striking terror with his proud snorting? 21 He paws fiercely, rejoicing in his strength, and charges into the fray. 22 He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing; he does not shy away from the sword. 23 The quiver rattles against his side, along with the flashing spear and lance. 24 In frenzied excitement he eats up the ground; he cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds. 25 At the blast of the trumpet he snorts, ‘Aha!’ He catches the scent of battle from afar, the shout of commanders and the battle cry.
It’s as if, in the middle of questioning Job, God gets caught up in wonder and excitement about His own creation, the horse.
What can we learn from this? Here are two lessons I learn:
First, God thoroughly enjoys the things He creates and takes pride in His creation. Likewise, since we are made in God’s image, take pride in the work you do and what you produce. You were made to do great things.
Second, if God could speak about an ostrich or an ox with that much attention to detail and that much wonder and excitement, how much more does God pay attention to you and the details of your life? Remember what Jesus says, “Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:7) In that same verse, evidencing how much more attention God pays to you, Jesus says, “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”
God loves and takes pride in all of His creation, but none so much as people. As much as I’m sure God enjoys the blue whale, the pangolin and the praying mantis, God did not make them in His image, or breathe His own breath into them, or send His Son Jesus to die for their shortcomings. But He did that for you and me, for He sees you as the pinnacle of His creation, the apple of His eye (Psalm 17:8).
So know today that You are greatly and especially loved by God. Of all the masterpieces God has created, it’s you His people whom He treasures the most.
Heavenly Father, thank You that You didn’t just create me and cast me aside. Rather You created me in Your image, breathed Your breath in me, and sent Your Son to die for me. Thank You that to this day You keep Your eye on me, pay attention to me and watch the details of my life. I praise You because I am loved by You. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!