You know that feeling when you just finished something really difficult, and you are all sweaty, but then you shower and go chill? It’s as if you are a whole new person. Not only do you have a different, dynamic energy, but you also have a resounding feeling of well-being and peace.
That feeling is something good. We know that our physical bodies need to have exercise, but sometimes we forget about relaxation. Physically, we need some time to reset ourselves.
There is this incredible verse in Job near the end of the book. You know, the part most of us generally skip over. In chapter 37, a younger man, Elihu, is in the middle of renouncing Job’s actions. Up till that point, only Job’s friends had spoken about how Job acted. This young man represented how even the younger generation who now even looked down on an elder.
The verse is part of Elihu’s soliloquy to Job, as Elihu looks for ways to refute Job’s arguments. Job 37:21-24, “Now no one can look at the sun, bright as it is in the skies after the wind has swept them clean. Out of the north he comes in golden splendor; God comes in awesome majesty. The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress. Therefore, people revere him, for does he not have regard for all the wise in heart?”
Notice the eloquence of the entire passage. It all reminds me of the feeling I mentioned earlier. Cleansing, regenerating, invigorating, alive. The world and everything around us gets this invigoration from God. He is the one cleansing and clothing the flowers and lilies. He is the one whose voice is like thunder. It is God’s majesty that leaves us in awe.
God is BEYOND OUR REACH. What does that mean? Perhaps it refers to the fact that we cannot do any of these things. We cannot invigorate, we cannot blanket the skies with glory. We cannot come from the north in golden splendor. We cannot cloth the lilies. If we cannot do anything really for the world around us, why should it be any different for ourselves?
Matthew 10:30, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
What could that possibly mean? It means that just like God takes care of sweeping clean the heavens and painting them with bronze every night, so God takes care of the ones He loves.
There is only one problem. Though God will care for us, and ultimately He is the only one who can give us exactly what we need, we have to ask. You see, God gives us leeway. He lets us choose. So, if you decide to go off on your own and not accept help, God allows us to do that.
We are the ones who have to choose to allow God into our rest and recovery.
Do this for me really quick. Even if you are an insane sceptic, try this anyway. Say (Yes, actually speak OUT LOUD) God, I allow you into my recovery. It doesn’t matter if your recovery is physical, spiritual, emotional, mental, what have you, it makes all the difference to allow God into that specific part of your life.
But Elihu represents something else as well. Remember this verse from Sunday school? 1 Timothy 4:12, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” Although Elihu is on the wrong side in this particular case, he absolutely lays down the best way to speak up to your elders in an incredibly respectful way. Job 32:6-8, “I am young in years, and you are old; that is why I was fearful, not daring to tell you what I know. I thought, Age should speak; advanced years should teach wisdom. But it is the spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding. It is not only the old who are wise, not only the aged who understand what is right.”
Before actually saying anything, this young man sets up his argument with respect. Telling the other friends why he did not speak, but in the end building the case that the aged are not the only ones given the spirit of wisdom by God.
Have you ever noticed that the entire book of Job is a giant debate?
I am such a nerd, but when I actually took the time to read through Job, I couldn’t stop thinking about it as a debate. The debate is set up by the Judge, God, and the moderator, Satan. Satan is the one throwing all of this at Job, just like a moderator poses the problems in a debate. It’s all a gargantuan test to see if Satan can get Job to back away from his belief in God.
The big point is simple. Job didn’t let go of God. Job mourned, yes, but he did not give up. He had nothing, but he still had the God who renews and replenishes.
Does anyone else really need a break? I know that people say summer is a “break”, but come on, I don’t think anyone actually takes that seriously. Right? Or it may just be me. Either way, God is a God of glory and power, but also of wisdom and replenishing. God can give me all the strength in the world, but even if He doesn’t, I know that my God has me and is caring for my rest and recovery.
Be blessed today.