Last thoughts on the Book of Job

I found in my notes while reading Job something that is interesting.

At the beginning of the book of Job, when referring to God, Job uses Yahweh and then during his conversations with his friends, he uses El Shaddai.

Yahweh reminds us of a close covenant relationship with God. Whereas El Shaddai refers to God in a Grand Almighty (and possibly far off) sense. I think too often that I am guilty of failing to remember that while God is really big and powerful, He is after a close knit relationship with us.

My daughters both learned two songs in children’s church early on (complete with hand motions) One is:

My God is so BIG. So STRONG, and so MIGHTY.

There’s nothing my God cannot do.

The mountains are His, the Rivers are His, the Stars are His handiwork too.

My God is so BIG. So STRONG, and so MIGHTY

There’s nothing my God cannot do.

The other:

Our God is a GREAT BIG God

Our God is a GREAT BIG God

Our God is a GREAT BIG God

And He holds us in His hands.

Both of those songs remind us that He is El Shaddai, but they also remind us that he is Yahweh Lord. He is in charge of it all. He is completely sovereign, but what differentiates how we see him and how other religions see their God, is that he is personal. We were made for relationship and communion with Him.

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