I started reading science fiction when I was about 11 or 12 years old.
It wasn’t long after that I picked up some fantasy novels and added that genre to my list of growing favorites.
When I was about 14 years old, I made the jump – albeit a small one – to horror novels. I read Salem’s Lot by Stephen King, then went back to the classics of Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley.
The last horror novel I read was The Amityville Horror. I had been feeling increasingly uneasy about reading such novels and this last one was so much about the occult and demon possession that it really scared me.
It scared me because I knew that the devil and demons are real. They are not something to be dabbled or played with.
And while that kind of stuff still scares me – I still don’t watch horror movies or visit haunted houses in October – I am not really afraid of the devil or demons. I know they cannot hurt me because I am a baptized child of God!
God continues to make it clear to Job that he is God and Job is not. He had been talking about the universe that he created and still sustains. He had been talking about the animal kingdom and its level of complexities that virtually prove that God is the Creator and man is not.
Here in chapter 40, God makes reference to Behemoth (verse 15). This name is based on the common Hebrew word for “animal” or “beast.” Today we use it to reference huge and dangerous animals.
But the way Behemoth is described in the Book of Job indicates that God may be talking about Satan.
Behemoth is a creation of God, therefore he is subjected to God’s authority. He is described as being unusually strong and large – certainly not equal to man. He is said to be “the first of the works of God” but in this case “first” means “greatest” and not first, chronologically.
Ezekiel 28 seems to hint at this. It talks about the greatest of angels becoming prideful and rebelling against God. He is then banished from heaven. Couple this with Revelation 12 and I get the impression that Satan was so beautiful that he turned all he was inward in self-pride and rejected his Creator.
God spells out to Job that even this Behemoth of a creature is still a creation of God and subject to him.
God uses the Behemoth to show that no matter what happens to us – good or bad – God is still in control of all things.
We need to follow Job’s example when confronted with this divine truth.
Be still and know that God is God (see Psalm 46)!
Even the mighty and epic creature Behemoth is still under the control of God!
Remember this the next time you are tempted to think you know better than God concerning your life or when you question whether God is in control of your life or even paying attention to your life!
He is. Both in control and paying attention. He may use his creation to get your attention, but he always is watching over you!
You need look no further than the empty cross and the empty tomb to see God’s love for you and his care for you.
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