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Today’s bible study is from Job 36:5: Behold, God is mighty, but despises no one; He is mighty in strength of understandinge

‘Behold, God is mighty.’ Throughout the bible this is an ever-recurring theme. God is almighty, all powerful and omnipotent. He, and He alone, has the power to create and control the universe, create humankind, wreak destruction in biblical proportions, and yet loves each of us as His own children.

Is it so hard to visualize a person who is so extremely mighty, yet despises no one? In far smaller ways, many of us experience this in our own lives. To some extent, our parents and teachers and mighty, especially when we are children, yet we know that their love for us is unconditional. As adults, we see some succeed and soar to the heights of business, professional and political might, yet, if we are close to them, we are very much aware of their love and their openness to agape – Christian love that seeks the highest good in all people.

The highest good may not be easy to find. Often we see and hear only the worst in a person, and fail to search out the greatest good. Yet, regardless of our sins and shortcomings, even though they may sometimes seem horrendous, there is a highest good within each of us. It may be hidden, obscured, walled in, covered over, disregarded or unattended, but it does exist. It is often only with the grace and love of God that we can find the means to unearth this good and recognize it.

The strength of our Lord is the strength of understanding. How does understanding bring strength? How can we use this verse to make our own lives a bit more complete and understandable? Understanding allows us to know and appreciate how and why things happen as they do.

If we understand just a bit of medicine, we can better understand illness and health. If we understand a tiny parcel of psychology, we can better understand human emotions and reactions. If we learn a bit more about gardening, we can plant and tend a more beautiful flower bed. And, if we learn and understand a bit more about God and our relationship to the Holy Spirit each day, we can be closer to oneness with God and follow more surely in the path of our Lord Jesus Christ.

References: The People’s New Testament Commentary by M. Eugene Boring and Fred B. Craddock and The MacArthur Bible Commentary by John MacArthur.

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