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May 29, 2018, 9:04 AM

Can I speak to Whoever’s in Charge?

If you have ever had to say those words it was probably because there was an issue that needed to be addressed and you wanted to take your case to the highest authority recognized by that particular business or organization. In the world of business, the old adage was that the customer was always right and would often come out ahead at the end of the conversation with the person in charge. However, a conversation with the recognized authority doesn’t always turn out the way we may think it would. The topic of who’s in charge and to what extent has been passionately discussed by many folks for many years. Job was reminded most assuredly of who is in charge and his conversation with Him caused Job to be humbled. God described His sovereign authority, providence, power, and wisdom to Job in a manner that should cause each of us to stop and give Him praise. God himself, not another man as was the attempt by Job’s friends, described some of His own attributes to Job in a way that should remove any doubt as to who is in charge of all of creation. Notice, if you will, Job’s response to God’s declaration, “Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth.” (Job 40:4; ESV) And again after the Lord’s second address to Job, perhaps an even more beautiful response to God, “I know you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” (42:2; ESV) Also, in 42:5-6, Job confesses, “I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eyes see you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” (ESV) What a wonderful declaration by Job that should be echoed still today. God is in charge of all things and we should long to speak to Him. However, God is not a person such as us and if someone should happen to go to Him with the idea that they’re going to give Him a piece of their mind, they might just hear, “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me.” (Job 38:2-3; ESV) If there remains any question as to who is in charge here, read Job 38-42 and that should help provide a clearer understanding. It should cause us praise God and give Him all glory and honor.


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