7 “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; 8 or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. 9 Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? 10 In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.
At the risk of getting the melody of this childhood song stuck in your mind today, we’ll focus on the supremacy of God who reigns as He pleases over all creation. Indeed, He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.
All of us are beset by Job-like experiences in our lives; setbacks, disappointments, loss, tragedy, suffering, etc. In those times, we try to make sense of it all. Where is God? Why is He allowing this to happen? Is this hardship the result of my sin?
We are believers, God’s children, forgiven, and heaven bound. Why are we suffering when unbelievers aren’t? Good things just seem to fall in their laps.
We identify with Job because he was a man of faith who sought to rationalize his suffering. So we read the book of the Bible that bears his name hoping to find comfort and answers.
Like Job, we can be comforted in knowing He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.
You’ve heard it said, “bad things happen to good people.” On the flip-side of that coin we also know, “good things happen to bad people.”
Verse 6 of Job 12 helps us understand the meaning of the text that follows. “The tents of marauders are undisturbed, and those who provoke God are secure — those God has in his hand.” Good things were happening to bad people. They were safe and blessed. Yet they were blatant sinners (marauders) who provoked God.
Then in verses 7-8, Job calls our attention to God’s creation. Animals. Birds. The earth. Fish in the sea. “Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this?” (v9) Like the song says, He’s got the whole world in His hands.
Outside my window, there is dew on the grass, shimmering in the light of the morning sun. Birds dart from place to place, cheerily greeting the new day with their song. Yesterday afternoon, it rained. Oh, how we needed it.
We live in a big neighborhood, too big to know all our neighbors. Undoubtedly, some are believers — some are not. But all were blessed by the sunshine and the rain. God didn’t just bless me because I’m his child. He blessed all who live here. The difference: Believers see blessings from God. Unbelievers see it as just another day.
In reality, “In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” (v10) Every life is in his hands. Saved and unsaved. Redeemed and lost.
Truth is truth regardless of what someone believes. Today’s PC everything-is-ok culture maintains that truth is relative to the individual. You have your truth. I have my truth.
There is one God, one Lord, and one truth. One faith. One baptism. One way to heaven. And that is true whether you believe it or not. It’s God’s sunshine, His rain, His creation, and His to do with as He pleases.
Faith in God accepts His master plan. He sees the big picture. You and I only see our little corner of it.
But just as the sun and rain is common to all, so are storms. That’s where you and I have the advantage. That’s because we know our Creator loves us. He is our constant help in times of trouble.
When you face hardship and suffering don’t compare your lot in life to others. Instead, look to the Lord. True enough, Job when through many difficulties, but he ended up with more and better than he had before. And that’s exactly what lies ahead for every believer. The best is yet to come.
He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.
More importantly, YOU are in His hands.
For more on this topic, check out this article: What Will Happen When You State the Case for Your Innocence in God’s Court?
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 4 (October – December) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.