Today's encouragement comes from Job 38:4a, where we read these words:
"Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? . . . "
Ouch. How would we like to have God say words like those (above) to us? To hear this would humble us right down to the dust. The reality is that the Lord *does* ask us this basic question every time we pretend that we know better than He does, or every time we complain about His providences (and the way they work) in our lives.
I know I did not exist when God "laid the foundations of the earth." Therefore, I have no right to counsel Him on how He ought to run His universe. This one thing is for sure: I could not do a better job than He can do. Let all of us faith-ful churchmen come to more implicitly trust our Heavenly Father, believing the best of Him always—especially given the love He has for us in Christ.
[Puritan quote of the day: "Are your sins high as heaven? The mercies of God are above the heavens.” —Isaac Ambrose, in, "The Christian Warrior"]