Today’s Spiritual Food for Thought, written by Pastor Yohan Lee of Remnant Church (NYC), was first posted on November 16, 2014
Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend
“You Must Smell the Roses”
“The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old. 23 Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. 24 When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. 25 Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth, 26 before he had made the earth with its fields, or the first of the dust of the world. 27 When he established the heavens, I was there; when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, 28 when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep, 29 when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth,30 then I was beside him, like a master workman, and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, 31 rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the children of man.
When a natural disaster occurs, say a tsunami, flood, or earthquake, those who are skeptical of God, or even those who are struggling to understand God will often ask, “Where was God in all of the chaos?” or “Why would a good God allow so much trouble to befall on people?” Though there are theologically correct answers for these questions – God has a plan, God is in control, we live in fallen world, etc. – all of them are kind of hard for us to fully embrace, much less understand.
I bring this up because when I read today’s passage, I am reminded of the end of Job. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the book, Job is plagued by Satan and by the middle of the book, he seeks an audience with God to understand why these thing have happened to him and to uphold his own righteousness. In chapter 38, the Lord finally responds, but not in a way Job or the reader is expecting. Instead of explaining why Job was made to suffer, God overwhelms him with his resume, asking him questions like, “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundations, or marked out the divide between land and water, or told the sun to rise?” Job 38-41 is an awesome and humbling account of God’s power and wisdom in creation. In the end, the audience is to conclude what Job finally confesses: there are just some things concerning God that are just too “wonderful for me to know” (Job 42:3).
When you read Proverbs 8:22-31, you are not supposed to think that the Lord made the earth and everything in it haphazardly. Rather, you are to understand that with his eternal wisdom, God carefully crafted the height of every mountain and hill, the depth of every basin and valley, and the width of every ocean. No detail went unnoticed by the Creator. You are supposed to be left in awe of God and his creative power, acknowledging as Job did, “Some things are too wonderful for me to know.”
This day, praise the Lord for his creation, and stop to “smell the roses.” When I first moved to the Bay Area in 2014, I commented to my boss how beautiful the scenery and the vistas are here. He responded by saying that Californians (he also being a native Californian) are spoiled and take them for granted. I hope to always see God’s wise workmanship in all of his creation. I hope you can too.
Prayer: Lord, help me to stop amid my busy day and ponder this amazing reality that I’m known by this awesome infinite-person God of the universe. Thank You, Father, for caring for me so much so that Your Son was sent to die for my sin so I can live eternally through Christ. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Matthew 20