It’s mildly interesting to me that my daily reading plan has Job 21 as part of today’s reading. Job is railing against the injustice of the wicked prospering and asks why God isn’t doing anything about it (understandably, I feel). This goes on for quite a few more chapters. God doesn’t answer Job until chapter 38, where he explains where Job fits in the general scheme of things and when faced with the majesty of God Almighty, Job replies:
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)
Our views on things is limited and biased. We are scratching out our short existence on the surface of an insignificant planet in an insignificant galaxy. Our perspective is badly warped by human limitations in time, space and knowledge and are further hampered by a sinful nature. All our grand opinions on good and evil and what God should and shouldn’t allow to happen don’t matter much.
I can’t begin to comprehend what it’s like for those families and that town, and I would offer the insult of trying to. What I think about it doesn’t begin to matter. What does matter is God. He is. He is almighty.