Scripture Focus: Job 39.19-21
Do you give the horse its strength
or clothe its neck with a flowing mane?
Do you make it leap like a locust,
striking terror with its proud snorting?
It paws fiercely, rejoicing in its strength,
and charges into the fray.
Reflection: A God Who Celebrates
By John Tillman
In Genesis, we read “And God saw that it was good.” (Genesis 1.25) What we read in Job is an exponential expansion that goes beyond “good” to demonstrate God’s great pleasure in all creatures great and small.
In Job, we see God thrill in his creation. There is no creature he mentions that is not spoken of with deep affection and pride. God shows he values diversity in his distribution of skills and power to the many different species which he singles out to Job.
God’s intense boasting is intentionally intimidating, however, we also see his tender love for these creatures. He does not only single out animals we might consider majestic, such as the warhorse. His loving gaze points out to us mountain goats and fawns tenderly raising their young. God implies that it is he who unties the donkey, liberating it from enslavement to run free in the desert.
Our God teaches goats to be tender.
Our God loosens the bonds of donkeys to run free.
Our God rejoices in the speed of the unwieldy and unwise ostrich.
God called creatures “good” in Genesis.
“Very good,” is what God said in Genesis about humanity’s addition to creation. (Genesis 1.26-31)
God celebrates the diversity and wondrous variety of the animals of creation, yet his rejoicing over us is more, higher, greater. The book of Job may end with God bragging to men about animals, but it began with God bragging about a man (Job 1.8) before the courts of Heaven.
What is humanity that he is mindful of us? We are a little lower than the angels. We are the kings and queens of the Earth—the rightful rulers of nature. (Psalm 8.4-9) We are the focus of Christ’s loving mission to Earth, and of Christ’s advocacy before Heaven on our behalf. (1 John 2.1-2; Matthew 10.32-33)
O God, we are unworthy creatures who rejoice that you rejoice over us.
May we be humbled by your great power, and lifted up by your great love.
Though we are tough and hard-headed as goats, teach us to be tender.
Though we are unwieldy and unwise as the ostrich, give us grace to run in the path of your commands.
Though we are enslaved to this world’s sins, liberate us like the wild donkey to celebrate in the desert.
Divine Hours Prayer: The Request for Presence
Early in the morning I cry out to you, for in your word is my trust. — Psalm 119.147
Job 39 (Listen -2:47),
2 Corinthians 9 (Listen -2:26)
Read more about Prayer for Older Brothers
You come out and embrace me, Father.
You invite me to celebrate
Read more about Christ, Our Undeserved Friend
Though my sins and weakness he sees,
My case before the Father, pleads.
He knows my state and yet he bends
God’s ear to me, for me contends