“Who shut up the seas behind doors
When it burst forth from the womb
When I made the clouds it’s garment
And wrapped it in thick darkness.
When I set limits for it
And set its doors and bars in place.
When I said, ‘This far you may come and no further
This is where your proud waves halt.”
The context of this passage is God’s humiliation of Job. If you remember, Job has lost everything including this family and his health. Although for most of the book Job’s righteousness shines, he finally gives in to his stress, fear, and pain. He finally looks up to the heavens and questions God.
I question God sometimes. Like a parent using a question to scold a child, I often ask God, “What do you think you are doing?” But God never answers me when I talk to him like that. He usually stays quiet. Within a few hours or days I end up visiting a place like the beach I’m sitting on right now, and I’m reminded of the very thing that God tells Job. It’s like God set in motion the circumstances to bring me to the ocean’s edge just so that he could tell me:
“Do you see what I’ve created? Do you see these powerful waves? Where were you when I set limits for the sea? Where were you when I told the waves to halt and come no further? I’m in control, Daniel. I do what I want. You can question all you want, but I don’t answer to you.”
So I sit. Humbled. And amazingly, I’m at peace. And then I hear God speak again:
“I work all things together for good. I care about you. I love you. I’ve begun a new work that will be so much better than what you came from. Don’t feel sad or hurt about where you’ve been. Anticipate a new adventure.”
After I’ve been humbled, it’s move believable that something better is on the horizon (literally, I’m sitting on the beach right now). When I realize I’m not in control, stress and anxiety fade. After all, what good is it to be stressed about something I don’t control?
Finally, my questioning spirit is replaced with the Doxology.
“Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise him all creatures here below.
Praise him above ye heavenly host.
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.”