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Are you prepared to take over?

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God asked Job this question: "Are you prepared to take over? Do you know more than I do about running your life? The world?" God reminded Job that He's involved in every portion of our lives. In essence, God asked Job, "Do you have a lesson you want to teach me?" (That, of course, is a synopsis or Job chapters 39-42).

God asked, "Will the wild ox consent to serve you? Did you give the horse his strength? Does the eagle soar at your command?"

God's involvement in every part of our life is real. It's not up to us. He is involved in every portion of our lives whether we think He is or not. Sparrows are a dime a dozen. Millions of them grace the skies and eat farmer's grain, but God said even the seemingly annoying sparrow is important to him. In Matthew 10:29 He says not even one tiny sparrow falls to the ground that He's not falling with him. He stays with us to the end.

God will stop at nothing to redeem His people. Read the story of Job. Of Jonah. Of Ester. Of Daniel. Of Jacob and Joseph.

Violence has exploded in our land. The spirit of greed and covetousness has spread through our society. Families are under a full-blown spiritual attack from Satan. There is barely a family that doesn't suffer from something. The devil is trying to change the way Christians think of marriage. Of death and life. We all know there is almost no place where a camera is not on us when we're in public. There seems to be an eye watching everything. The truth is, God has always been there. His watching has gone on since the beginning of time because He has a plan for our lives.

God's wisdom covers all the things we will never understand. I'm reminded of Job as God explained His power to him.God continually used mighty and monstrous animals to demonstrate his power over creation. He asked Job if he could control them? God knew the answer was, and is, "no". Man's inability to control mighty and powerful animals is just an example of how we also cannot control the big things in our lives without Him.

Are we prepared to take over God's job in our lives? As the story unfolds, Job concludes that God had won the argument. Job said, "I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. Surely, I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. ... My ears had heard of You, but now my eyes have seen You. Therefore, I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes" (Job 42:2-6).

After this, (Job 42:12, 16), the Lord blessed the latter part of Job's life more than the first. He lived another 140 years and died old and full of years. Full of God's blessing. Full of peace. Are you prepared to take over?

I don't think we are. We need God in our lives. We can trust him to deliver and make our latter days more blessed than the first.

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