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The Edges of God (by Stephen Simpson)

(Enjoy this post from our archives.  It was originally posted March 3, 2008.)

Have you ever been surprised by Scripture? If you are like me, then you are often surprised by what you read in Scripture. God will bring you to a verse that just totally blows you away. That happened to me recently as I was reading Job 26.

I find Job to be one of the more difficult books of the Bible to read. My mind just has trouble keeping track of all of the ‘discourses.’ However, chapter 26 jumped out and shocked me. It was totally amazing. In this chapter, Job describes the majesty of God. He begins with,  

“How you have helped him who has no power! How you have saved the arm that has no strength!” (ESV)

Job devotes the entire chapter to this subject. Verse after verse describes how powerful, and mighty, and majestic our God is. Another interesting verse is verse 7,  

“He stretches out the north over the void and hangs the earth on nothing.” 

This seems to be a reference to our planet being suspended in space.

But I haven’t even reached the best part yet! Job continues on through his discourse and reaches his climax with the last verse.  

“Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways, and how small a whisper do we hear of him!” 

 The term ‘outskirts’ is very interesting. It can be translated edges or corners or coasts. The point Job is making is that everything we know about God represents only the very edges of His ways. Everything we hear is but a small whisper.

So, here’s the challenge for today. Read and meditate on Job 26. And as you travel through this week, consider the edges of God’s majesty. Listen to His thunderings and understand that they are but a whisper.