Dominion and Order of God

Leah DiPascal

Day: 25 | Plan: Suffering and Sovereignty

Today’s Reading: Job 25

Job 25:2 (NIV) “Dominion and awe belong to God; he establishes order in the heights of heaven.”

After so much back and forth between Job and his three friends we're almost to the end of this long, tangled string of tense discussions. It's been quite a debate between these four men — almost like a boxing match of words without a clear winner.

In Job 25, it's Bildad's last turn to respond to Job and his words are few, giving us an indication he is running out of emotional steam and argumentative punches.

I find it refreshing that Bildad's first words aren't laced with criticism or insensitivity like his previous speeches. (Job 8, Job 18) He begins with a welcome change of tone, highlighting the greatness of God. And in a few words (only six short verses), Bildad expresses the drastic difference between the majesty of God and the imperfection of man. Let's focus on what Bildad says in his opening statement:

“Dominion and awe belong to God; he establishes order in the heights of heaven. Can his forces be numbered? On whom does his light not rise?" (Job 25:2-3).

The word dominion in Hebrew is hamšêl, which means to rule, to reign, to have leadership and authority over. I'm so glad God's in charge, aren't you? Scripture tells us that God has ultimate and eternal dominion over all creation and mankind. Everything in heaven and on earth belongs to Him. God rules over all the nations. (Psalm 22:28; Psalm 72:8) His kingdom is boundless and everlasting. (Psalm 145:13) And He reigns supremely from generation to generation. (Daniel 4:3)

Although these amazing truths are found in Scripture, the world's instability and ungodliness will try to convince us otherwise. Every day we see people positioned in places of great authority. High-ranking officials from around the world – limited in knowledge, lacking godliness and swayed into making wrong decisions – seem to be the ones in control.

We can become overly concerned that such leadership might permanently affect our way of living or alter our future. That's why it's so important we always remember God is really the one in charge, and He sovereignly reigns over all heavenly and human beings.

At every given moment, something is coming from God, passing through Him and returning back to Him. By His power and for His glory. (Romans 11:36) God hasn't lost control of this world. He isn't wondering what to do next or how to fix what has been messed up. God will bring order to chaos and stability to all that appears volatile. We may not fully understand how God will work it all out for our good and His glory, but we must choose to fully trust Him.

As time draws nearer to Jesus' second coming, this world will grow more chaotic and ungodly. Now more than ever we need to remember that dominion belongs to God. He remains on His throne, unshaken and ruling in full power and authority. His kingdom reigns now and forevermore.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, knowing You are in charge and powerfully reigning over this world gives me comfort and assurance to press forward, trusting You in what lies ahead. Thank You for being my constant source of stability and strength. In Jesus' name, amen.

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