‘Do you know?’ God’s challenge to Job’s lack of humility before God stretches across time, space and all creation. The view of the universe that science gives enables us to answer some of the challenge. We weren’t there at the start of it all, yet our studies of the Earth and other planets, along with glimpses of the farthest universe and the hidden depths of the sea, enable us to perceive perhaps more of how God is at work in creation than Job.
This does not mean a modern day Job would be more justified in his lack of humility before God. Scientific investigations, while providing answers as to how the material world is shaped, often raise more questions. And the experience of wonder – that drives science – points beyond the limits of human knowledge towards the God who is behind it all. Wonder stirs us to share in the joy that creation and the angels express in God’s work.
‘Do you know?’ was also Job’s question to God in the face of the unfairness of life. It can be ours too. Answers are not always forthcoming. Yet, small though we feel, in the wonder of creation we catch a glimpse of the God who values it all. The fact that we have such an ability to share God’s joy speaks of value too in the face of life and a cosmos full of questions.
“Lord, you know! All of creation. All of my life. Thank you for the wonder of it all and allowing me to glimpse it with you. When I do not know, help me to place my trust in you. Amen.”
Rev Dr Dave Gregory is Ministry Team Leader at Croxley Green Church, a former President of the Baptist Union, and co-ordinator of Messy Church Does Science. He recently became a JRI Director.
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Image courtesy of NASA