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“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements-surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were it’s bases sunk, or who laid it’s cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb, when I made clouds it’s garment and thick darkness it’s swaddling band, and prescribes limits for it and set bars and doors.”

- Job 38: 4-10  

What do you think about when you look at the world around you? Do you think of the wonderful beauty of the flowers? The brilliance of the night sky? The unmistakable sound of crashing waves on the sea shore?   I personally love to take in the beauty of creation. I love looking at the heavens and gazing at how they are declaring the glory of God. I love to sit and be soothed by the ocean sounds. I love being out in the forest to look at the many different trees. I am always greatly encouraged when I sit and look and ponder on the wonderful creation around us.  

The passage of scripture above is from the book of Job. If you have never read through that book, I highly recommend it. In this book, the man, Job, quite literally has everything taken away from him. His family, his livelihood, his source of income. He is left with nothing. Right before this set of verses, Job is crying out to God in anguish. He is questioning why God would let something like this happen to him. God answers Job by showing him that He is God and Job is not. He compels Job to think about His power, majesty, authority, and might. He asks Job a series of questions that put Job in his place. Job is faced with the reality that God is the creator and sustainer of all that exists and because of this, God will govern this universe.        

We are living in very uncertain times. It’s no secret that many people are going through dark and trying times. We all have been affected in some shape or fashion.        

I want to encourage you today with the truth that God is the creator and sustainer of this universe. Every star in the sky is there because He placed it there. Every ocean has an ending point because He set the boundaries. Every tree that is producing oxygen is doing so because God sustains them. Every sunset and sunrise are happening because God set the orbit of this earth and fine-tuned this universe to sustain human life.        

God created this universe and He upholds it with his righteous hand.        

If you are going through a difficult time, I hope you will see and trust that God is holding this world together. Things are not spiraling away from Gods hand. He is not surprised or taken back when trials come. He is sovereign over this universe. But He is also a God who is very near. Trust and believe in Him.

I pray that even through this season of uncertainty, you are blessed and constantly conforming into the image of Jesus.