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WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE?

by Tanya Riley  
9/07/2008 / Christian Living


Recently I have been thinking a great deal about how minutely insignificant we are when compared to all the heavens and the earth that God, Our Father created. How uniquely different we are to all of the other animals and creatures and how unique they are within themselves. How diverse the different species are.

I was recently offered a theory about the different racial and ethnic groups in the world and how we could have all come from one set of parents with so many differences. Initially I didn't have a response, not one with any biblical connotations other than the fact I just believed it. We need to be able to support our beliefs with factual evidence and knowledge from the scriptures. I really need to do a lot more reading a lot more frequently.

If we are so minutely insignificant in comparison, yet so greatly loved and immensely and unfathomably important to God, and he could make all the animals and creatures in the world so uniquely distinctive but relative within their own species, how much more would he do that for us.

It is an inbuilt physical reminder that we are all different but still the same. We are individually created in God's image; we have the same basic make-up but still remain different, unique, distinctive. Even twins, who are physically exactly alike, still have their own individual qualities.

But today I don't want to talk about who we are according to God, but who we think we are, where we think we stand in God's grace and are we as humble as we should be.

I have been reading from the book of JOB, and have come to a better understanding of the journey we must endure in God's name. Job was blameless and righteous in God's eyes and yet he still had his faith tried and tested in ways many of us would never endure. Job did not want to endure it any longer, he pleaded with God to send him to his grave, he dared to ask God and wonder why he was even born. JOB 3:3 We have all faced troubles in our life and maybe even said similar things, but had we been suffering like Job, had we endured the extreme trials that Job endured.

Job knew he had not sinned and didn't understand why he was being punished. If Job was being tested so harshly, without fault of sin, can we complain about the punishment and correction and discipline we receive from God? I think not.

This brings me back to the question of today. Who do we think we are?

We question God about where we are and why things happen in our lives. We may judge or condemn someone else's choices or actions without understanding their circumstances. We may think we are better than others, we may speak ill of others, many times without realizing it. Who do we think we are?

Job continues in his conversations with his three friends, valiantly searching for answers, questioning God's reasoning for his circumstances, tormented with anguish. But we are reminded of the humility with which we should approach God, we are reminded of our insignificance in comparison to all of God's creation and reminded of his awesome might and power from JOB 38 onwards.

In chapter 42, Job remembers who he is, where he stands and shows his humility.

I am a married mother of 5. I gave my heart to the Lord two years ago. I have been through many struggles in my life but God has allowed my trials to become lessons and tools for teaching and guiding others. I love to write poetry and enjoy the challenge of contributing to my church service.

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