Christmas Lights

Job, 37, beginning in verse 14, “Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God. 15 Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine? 16 Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge? 17 How thy garments are warm, when he quieteth the earth by the south wind? 18 Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass? 19 Teach us what we shall say unto him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness. 20 Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up. 21 And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them.

As I thought about Christmas, one of my favorite things is the lights.  I love riding around looking at the Christmas lights.  As I think about the lights, I can’t help but think how each one should be wrapped around the fact that Jesus Christ is the Light of the World.  I realize though, that 2020 has been a very difficult year for many of us, if not ALL OF US.  It is very easy to allow the dark clouds to overshadow the Bright Light in our lives. 

So, to humble Job, God asked him a series of questions:  Questions about the oceans tides, about the sun rays and snowflakes.  And then He says to Job, “Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God.

Now let’s look at Job’s life for just a minute.  In Chapter one, as the sons of God came to present themselves, Satan got in the mix and God asked him where he was coming from.  Satan replied, “From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.” 

So God says, “Well Satan, have you considered my servant Job?

Satan said, “God, the only reason Job serves you is because you’ve put a hedge of protection around him and blessed him so much.  If you’d remove that hedge, he will curse you to your face.

And we know how God removed His hedge of protection from Job, but told Satan he couldn’t take his life.  Job lost his health, his wealth, all of his children.  And having a pity party, Job says, “Naked came I out of my mothers womb and naked shall I go thither.  The LORD giveth and the LORD taketh away.  Blessed be the name of the LORD.

While sitting around in a pile of ashes, Job’s wife came to him and said “Job, why don’t you just curse God and die?”  Job replied, “Should we only accept good from God and not evil?  And in all this, Job sinned not with his lips.”

In Job chapter 19, when Job is at the worst place in his life he’d ever been.  His friends have repeatedly come to rebuke him for sin in his life that surely had to be the cause of all this calamity.  They felt that because Job had trials in his life meant that he was ON Trial.  Folks, don’t miss this – just because you have trials in your life doesn’t mean that you are on trial.  Although Job is very upset, and although he is miserable, and crying out to God, he stops in verse 25 of chapter 19, and out of nowhere makes this statement:  “I know that my redeemer liveth.”

And then, in chapter 37, God comes to Job, and in 14th verse God says to Job, “Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God.

Job:

  • In the midst of all this calamity;
  • In the midst of all this chaos;
  • In the midst of all this catastrophe.

Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God.

And then after asking a series of questions, God says in verse 21, “And men see not the bright light which is in the clouds . . .

It’s almost as if God is saying, “Job, for every one hundred men that are looking at the dark clouds in the sky – there’s one that’s looking for the Light.” 

Did Job have trials in his life?  Did Job have dark periods in his life?  Sure he did, but he never lost sight of the Bright Light which is in the clouds.” 

And why did God say it was a Bright Light and not just a light? 

  • I believe because in the midst of our storms, God didn’t won’t us to miss the Light;
  • He wanted us to know there was a Bright Light there to lead us out of the storms in our live.

And why did He say it was IN the clouds and not above the clouds?

  • I think because God wanted us to know that He is in the storm with us. He’s a friend that stickesth closer than a brother.
  • He said He would never leave us nor forsake –
    • no matter where we are on life’s journey.
    • No matter how dark things are in our life.
    • He is in it with us.

Heavenly Father, during this holiday season, in a world of uncertainty and chaos, in a world that seems so dark, may each of us take a moment to “Stand still and consider Your wondrous works.” May we realize that You are there with us as a Bright Light in our darkest places. And Father, to this world we live in, may be lights set on a hill for others to see. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.

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