To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his. What he tears down cannot be rebuilt; those he imprisons cannot be released.
It is one thing to make a statement like this when things are going well. When the family is healthy, when the job is secure, when you are enjoying a great stretch of life, then it is easy to say, “To God belong wisdom and power.” But when Job said these words, he was on a zip line headed down with no end in sight. He was mourning the loss of his children, possessions, and health. His wife had told him to curse God and die. To make matters worse, three friends had come to “help.”
Yet read Job’s words. Reread them. In the midst of grief and suffering, Job can still acknowledge God as sovereign. His ways are certain. When He tears something down, no one can rebuild it. When He binds something up, no one can release it. Wisdom, power, counsel, and understanding belong to Him.
I don’t know your situation. I don’t know if you are enjoying a great ride or if you are barely hanging on as your life spirals downward. I do know this. Whatever your situation, God is in control. He has not left you alone or forgotten you. Somehow (and I know this might be hard for you to believe right now) He is working all things together for your good. Can God be trusted? Yes! Can you trust God? That’s the question that needs to be answered.
Dear Father, You are close to the brokenhearted. Please make Your presence known to those going through difficult times. Remind them that no matter what it “feels” like, You are in control and at work for their good. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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