Observations on life; particularly spiritual

The Fringes of God’s power

During a visit to New Zealand I noticed the following message engraved above the entrance to the Canterbury Museum at Christchurch: “Lo, these are parts of His ways: but how little a portion is heard of Him” (Job 26:14 KJV). Another version of the same Scripture was quoted on a plaque near Arthur’s Pass National Park, 170 km inland from Christchurch: “These are but the fringes of His power, and how faint the whisper we hear of Him” (Job 26:14). The museum was dated 1870, the plaque 2002.

Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, New Zealand

The context of this verse is that after Job described God’s power shown in the universe (Job 26:5-13), he exclaimed: “And these are but the outer fringe of His works; how faint the whisper we hear of Him! Who then can understand the thunder of His power?” (Job 26:14 NIV).

Chapel, Arthurs Pass

Job knew that God is almighty and omnipotent. He created and sustains the universe, and with Him everything is possible (Mt. 19:26; Heb. 11:3; Rev. 4:8). Although His eternal power is shown in creation, Job said that this was only a glimpse (fringes or edges) of God’s power (Rom. 1:20). The full nature of His power is beyond our comprehension.

God has revealed certain things to us in His world and in His Word. But that revelation is a long way from complete understanding! We don’t know everything there is to know about God. Our brains can’t even begin to comprehend who God is, how God does what He does, why God does what He does, where God is, why God is, and all other things about God. But how do we react to glimpses of God’s power when we visit zoos, nature museums, national parks and as we go through life wherever we are.

Do we admire the Creator, His creation or both (Rom. 1:25)? Are we humble or arrogant (Rom. 1:21)? Are we wise or foolish (Rom. 1:21-23)? Solomon, the wisest man, said, “Remember your Creator” before you grow old (Eccl. 12:1).

Shouldn’t our reaction be worship?

Published, January 2011

2 responses

  1. Comments by Larry Ondrejack:
    How do we react? As you point out, unfortunately that varies. How should we react? With worship. How else!


    January 19, 2011 at 1:38 pm

  2. Yes, when he contemplated God’s work in creating and sustaining the physical world, the psalmist responded “Praise the Lord!” and “Lord my God, You are very great!” (Psalm 104:1).

    Also, after Job was advised, “stop and consider God’s wonders” (Job 37:14), he was overwhelmed by God’s power and soveignty and sensed his own unworthiness and repented of his sins (Job 40:4-5; 42:6).


    January 19, 2011 at 1:38 pm

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