4. The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. 6. Behold, I am toward God as you are; I too was pinched off from a piece of clay. Job 33:4,6 ESV
In this chapter, we find Elihu commenting on Job’s suffering. Elihu says that they’re mere humans, that the Ruach El made them all, and that it's only the breath of Shaddai that keeps them alive. God pinched them off from a piece of clay and formed them. Yes, that is beautiful! It echoes the account of Genesis where God makes man out of the dust of the earth and then blows into him His own breath. We are made from soil and Spirit!
Elihu was wrong, however, as were Job’s other friends in thinking he could explain God's actions so readily. His seemingly spiritual explanations of how God functions ended up being presumptuous. The lesson of Job’s story is that God is God, that God does what God wants to do. This truth, though, should not make us despair. God is not accountable to anyone, but God is always a good God. It was loving hands that made you out of clay! The Potter did good when He made you! Today, God does not expect you to understand Him, but to trust Him.
Heavenly Potter, thank you that I was “fearfully and wonderfully” made. Thank you that You are a good God, with good intentions. Thank you that Your plans for me are for welfare and peace, never for evil. Thank you that I can trust You, and I DO trust You! In Jesus’ Name, amen.
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