This week God continues to speak. Job gets what he wants - for God to show Godself. And God does, but still doesn't fix Job's problems - in fact God doesn't even really directly answer Job's questions about why all these terrible things have happened. But God does give Job a new vision - a stunning God's-eye view of creation.
"Where were you when I made Leviathan? Can you win in a match against Leviathan? I don't think so. There's something bigger here than you can see." Leviathan, like other wild animals, is not tamable, not useful for human purposes, unpredictable and even dangerous. Yet their creator delights in the wild freedom and beauty of these creatures.
God is grounding the issue of suffering in the trade-off between the freedom and beauty of creation and the danger and suffering that sneaks in through that freedom.
Freedom comes from God’s lavish, overflowing love. If God eliminated freedom…for leviathan and behemoth and lions and tigers and sharks…and us…the danger might be gone.
But God’s argument here is that the cost is too high. Too much of the beauty and awe of creation would be lost.
The question for Job is “can you live and love with abandon in a world you can’t control?”
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