In this post, we will continue to look at how the Lord challenged Job with questions he simply could not answer. We will not cover all His unfathomable queries, but this is a representative example:

“Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that a flood of waters may cover you? Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go and say to you, ‘Here we are’?” (Job 38:34–35). 1

Job was unable to cry out to clouds and make them bring rain. He did not have the power to create lightning.

This was an obvious conclusion, but one that Job did not bother to consider when he doubted God.

Neither do we when we question whether God knows what He’s doing.

The Lord’s thought-provoking inquiries in the verses above concern His lordship over creation—not only His lordship but His at-the-very-moment omnipotence. It is one thing to be awed by God Almighty’s ability and power at the beginning of time, but it is also remarkable to consider that right now, He is fully able to send forth rain and lightning wherever and whenever He pleases. These events are not willy-nilly, capricious actions. They are caused by God, every time they occur.

And there is this:

“Can you hunt the prey for the lion, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions, when they crouch in their dens or lie in wait in their thicket? Who provides for the raven its prey, when its young ones cry to God for help, and wander about for lack of food?” (Job 38:39–41).

Really? The Lord God hunts the prey for lions and provides prey for ravens? According to the way some think, He really shouldn’t be bothered by such things.

He isn’t “bothered.” He is sovereign over everything.

Everything.

Have you ever watched a nature program about carnivores hunting down their prey in Africa? The animal runs for its life, but once it is caught, strangely it just seems to accept its fate, even as the lion chews on its hindquarters while it is yet living. Is this an example of God hunting prey for the lion? The gazelle obediently and instinctively knows that its life function is to be food for lions. Both lion and gazelle are simply doing what God has told them to do. All of creation is obedient to what the Lord commands them to do.

All of creation except mankind, that is.

The Lord then asked Job if he provides the raven its prey when its young ones are hungry. No, of course Job doesn’t, but let’s look at one final truth in verse 41. The Lord said that when the raven chicks cry out for food, they are actually crying to Him.

Think with me for a moment. If the Lord hears the cries of little ravens, does He not also hear the cries for food of all animals everywhere?

And does He not hear our cries for provision and help, the pleas of those whom He created after His own likeness?

Yes.

“But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear? For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all” (Matthew 6:30-32).

We won’t consider here His stunning statement that the Gentiles seek after what to eat, drink, and wear and we shouldn’t, but leave with this comforting truth: You are not alone. If the Father hears the cries of raven chicks and comes to their rescue, He will without question help you as well.

Does this truth not fit your current reality? This is where we are required to believe in the sovereignty of a God who rules over everything, who knows everything, who can do anything. How do you deal with this uncomfortable contradiction? I do not have an easy answer; no, not easy, but simple: Pray. Yes, pray for provision, but pray for the ability to trust in the sovereign God of all things.

1All scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001).). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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