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God is in Charge

Job 12:7-12 :

“But ask the animals, now, and they will teach you;
the birds of the sky, and they will tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you.
The fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who doesn’t know that in all these,
Yahweh’s hand has done this,
in whose hand is the life of every living thing,
and the breath of all mankind?
Doesn’t the ear try words,
even as the palate tastes its food?
With aged men is wisdom,
in length of days understanding.

In this passage, it appears that Job is trying to convince his confused friends that God is God over good and bad, and that the whole world knows that when bad happens to good people or when good happens to bad people, God is the one who has done it. As humans who want to control our own destinies, we may be tempted to think that only bad people go through trouble. Even though all of us can clearly see that this is not the case, we may try to convince ourselves otherwise.

I'm not sure why Job brings up the fact that aged men have wisdom. My guess is that Job and all his friends were much older than any of us. Remember that Abraham lived to be 175. It is likely that Job lived to be older than Abraham because he was probably born earlier. I am guessing that Job was talking about men who were old and about to die. Perhaps he recognized that the older we get, the more trouble we experience even if we are living righteously. We discover that God is still God even when we have trouble. It isn't always obvious to us as to why God allows the trouble, but we can know that God is still in charge of everything that happens. It may not have anything to do with the good or bad that we have done at all.

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