Creation Revealed

Take a look at Creation! or at least the closest thing to it we’ve so far observed. We see this highlighted galaxy (box) “only” 700 million years after the Big Bang. This picture of the most distant galaxy known is a result, in part, of the Hubbell Telescope enabling us to see, not how that galaxy looks now, but as it looked 13.1 billion years ago!  (Ancient Galaxy z8_GND_5296 Is Farthest Ever Seen |

700 million years from the Big Bang; 13.1 billion years ago: that puts our lifetime into perspective. In Chapters 38-39, God puts Job’s life into perspective as well, with a revelation of creation.

Where were you?

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundations?” the Lord asks Job (38:4). “Do you know who fixed its dimensions or measured it with a line?” (v. 5) As a response to Job’s plea for answers to his overwhelming grief, that seems a bit off point. Job complained incessantly about his need of an audience with God in order for God to set the record straight–Job is innocent of any wrongdoing. Or, if he is guilty, specify the charges! Instead, Job first gets silence, then this blast of seemingly irrelevant questions.

Based on the theory that righteousness always brings material prosperity, true as it seemed for so long, it is Job’s demand for justice that begs the point. The Universe (Chapter 38) and the Animals (Chapter 39), in fact, live a life of their own–apart from humans. No such rigid law of retribution exists. Job’s anguish moves us deeply, but his demand for God to give account to him reverses roles: Job determines what is “just.” The Lord instead, while listening without condemnation or accusation of  sin, maintains his sovereignty.

So many times, we believe God/Life/Society has wronged us, especially when we have done no wrong. When you feel wronged, what do you do?



About Grose

Gordon Grose loves most to write, speak, and preach on the message of hope from the book of Job. Using drama, video, and PowerPoint, he has preached and presented this message of hope to churches around the country. Grose pastored three congregations 25 years, then served 12 years as a pastoral counselor in a Portland, Oregon counseling clinic. He now serves with Good Samaritan Counseling Services, Beaverton, OR. A graduate of Wheaton College (IL), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Brandeis University, and Boston University, he comes from a rich and varied background in theological and counseling training. In 2015, Gordon published Tragedy Transformed: How Job's Recovery Can Provide Hope For Yours, a book about turning to Job for hope after tragedy. If you have experienced life challenges or personal tragedy, visit his Transforming Tragedy ( blog to learn more. provides a sample of Gordon's speaking as well as an opportunity to purchase copies of his book.
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