What is man, that you make so much of him, and that you set your heart on him, (Job 7:17)
A couple of weeks ago we read through the book of Job. This book has always scared me. I’m always afraid to read it in fear that the awful things that happened to Job would somehow happen to me. Am I the only one who feels this way? It feels weird to actually admit that!
When we read the verse above, i couldn’t seem to get it out of my head.
When I searched the verse on google, I was reminded that David also said this in Psalm 8:3-4 which says,
“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?”
When David looked up at the heavens, he felt so insignificant. He wondered why God, a magnificent creator would care about man.
Job felt the same. And it makes me think about this: Job’s life was destroyed. He lost his kids, his wife, his home, his health….everything. He lost everything. But he still asked the question, “what is man that you make so much of him…..?” He was going through the worst season of his life, yet he still felt that God “made so much of man”. Job’s suffering was worthy of the notice of God.
Job’s trials had a purpose. I mean look at us today still learning from Job. In our seasons of trial and suffering, there is always a purpose. And that may not comfort you right now, but let me remind you that God takes notice, God is with you and He strengthens you-let that comfort you.
You are not alone in the battles of life. God is there.
The second part of the verse says “you set your heart on him.”
Our mighty God. The creator of heaven and earth. His heart is set on you. Our God steps down from His throne to be intimate with mankind. I love the way Tara-Leigh Cobble puts it, “God created and is in charge of everything, but His heart isn’t set on the mountains or on Orion or the Pleiades; it’s set on humanity.”
Friend, you may feel insignificant and unworthy. You may be wondering if God even takes notice of you in your suffering and pain. I want to remind you today that the Almighty God, for sure sees you. He is El-Roi, the God who sees us right where we are. In our anguish, loss and anxiety, He takes notice of us. His heart is set on us.
Gosh, that just leaves me in awe of God. Doesn’t it do the same to you? God makes us worthy, He gives us a purpose and an identity. We are His children and He loves us more than we’ll ever be able to comprehend. His love for us reaches to the highest mountain and His faithfulness to the skies. God is faithful. He is faithful when things are going great and He is faithful when they are not.
Trust in Him. Get to know who He is. His heart is set on you and He wants to have a relationship with you. And not just a surfaced relationship, He wants a deep and meaningful relationship.
He sees you, He knows you and He loves you just the way you are.
How can I pray for you today? Comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope you have a great Thursday and I’ll see you back here tomorrow for Friday Favorites!