My guest writer today is Rebecca Lyles. She lives with her husband, Steve, in Idaho. Her novel, “Winds of Wyoming,” is available online as are her nonfiction books, “It’s a God Thing!” and “On a Wing and a Prayer.” To learn more about her and her books visit, www.beckylyles.com
GO AHEAD–ASK GOD THE HARD QUESTIONS!
Are you the one who makes the hawk soar and spread its wings to the south?
At the end of the book of Job, God bombards Job with a series of questions to help him gain perspective about the craziness of life. Four chapters ask rhetorical questions one after another. “Where is the home of the east wind?” Can you shout to the clouds and make it rain?” “Who gives intuition and instinct?” “Who makes the wild donkey wild?”
A pair of hawks nested in our birdhouse this spring. We enjoyed watching them nurture their three offspring to maturity—even when they tried to chase us out of our yard. When the young ones first learned to fly, each morning all five birds lined up on our fence to preen their beautiful feathers in the sunshine. Soon, the day came when the “teenagers” were ready to hunt their own food. I had no idea our neighborhood harbored so many mice! Who gave the hawks the instinct to fly and to hunt?
And then, slowly but surely, they all flew farther and farther from the nest, returning less and less often. Now, in mid-summer, we no longer see hawks on the fence or in the trees. Who makes the hawk soar and spread its wings? Job’s answer to God is simple. “I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you. … I was talking about things I did not understand, things far too wonderful for me.” (42:2-3)
From David’s example in the psalms, we learn that it’s okay to question God when our lives, like Job’s life, don’t make sense. However, at one point in the dialogue, God said to Job: “Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words?” The God who has no beginning or end, who created and sustains the universe, is wise far beyond our comprehension. As Job said, “How could I ever find the answers?” (40:4) “True wisdom and power are with God; counsel and understanding are his.” (12:13)
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn your back on evil.” (Proverbs 3:5-7)