A dear friend sent me a compilation of sermons her husband, Ray Stedman, preached during his pastorate at Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto, California. Ray went into the Lord’s presence on October 7, 1992, but like so many servants of God his testimonies and sermons remain behind to bless hundreds of people. I was blessed then by Ray’s preaching and I’m blessed again now by reading his thoughts on Job.
The book is entitled “Let God Be God: Life-Changing Truths from the Book of Job.” What a title. I am thrilled to still be in the Book of Job and so grateful to have Ray’s thoughts on God’s ways with mankind and His sovereignty over all creation.
“Let God Be God” is a perfect title for the Book of Job. It’s also a perfect invitation to us as we walk out our days on earth. Are we letting God be God in every aspect of our life? Are we letting Him have His place at the center of our life? Am I interpreting the world around me according to God’s perspective or through my own understanding?
At the end of all the testing of Job’s faith, he retracted, repented and proclaimed things too wonderful for words. He finally stopped attempting to scale the mountain of his own understanding. He let God be God, full of glory and splendor…
Then Job answered the LORD and said:
“I know that You can do all things,
and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.
‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
‘Hear, and I will speak;
I will question You, and You make it known to me.’
I had heard of You by the hearing of the ear,
but now my eye sees You;
therefore I despise myself,
and repent in dust and ashes.”
(Job 42:1-6 ESV)
God is God whether we “let” Him be God in our lives or not. When I let Him be God in my life (allowing Him to have His proper place), I soon discover Him to be much greater and more glorious than I can ever comprehend. I want to see Him in ease or in adversity.
Let God Be God today … tomorrow … forever!