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  • William T. Howe Ph.D.

June 12, 2024

Rēad to Read …Again

Daily Reading: Job 38-39


Job 39:1

Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?


Wild goats, cows, wild donkeys, the unicorn, peacocks and the ostrich, the war horse, the hawk and the eagle. God challenges Job of his knowledge of each of these. Not, does he know what they look like, or things easily observed, but rather does Job know who created them to look like they look, who gave them the characteristics they display, or the nature of their being, or who cares for them daily, or well, on and on the list could continue. No doubt, Job was familiar with these, but of the unseen purpose, plan and provision for them, Job had no knowledge.


Each of the 84 questions that God asked of Job served a purpose which summed up is this: Who has the knowledge, ability, power and understanding of the Lord God? The answer, no one. Not one human can answer these questions to satisfaction other than to answer, “The Lord God of all creation.” Fifteen times in these two chapters the word “who” is employed (omitting the first usage of the word that speaks about who as in Job and his friends). For each the answer can only be, God. Only God can do these things or relay who He used to accomplish them.


One of the failings of modern society is the lack of exposure to nature it offers. Much can be learned from the natural world, the animals, flora and fauna, winged birds of the air, sea creatures, trees, rocks and even dirt teach many lessons.  When Paul wrote in Romans 1:20, For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: he states an eternal truth. The same truth that God is pointing out to Job: God is powerful, and in charge. Even we, whom He made, can see the things He made, observe them and learn of Him. This we ought to do, and therein we have no excuse to understand more about Him. His knowledge, His wisdom, His creative ability, His planning, His continual care for His creation, on and on the list goes.


But perhaps the top of the list is this: His love and continual watchcare over all He created.


Dr. William T. Howe

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