Gird yourself like a man

I recently ran across the above picture on the internet. It shows a young boy flexing his muscles during a bodybuilding competition in Afghanistan, where bodybuilding is a huge sport. The skinny boy is a good representation of all of us.

We can often be deluded into thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought to think (Romans 12:3). Perhaps this little boy is able to beat up all of the other little boys in his neighborhood. Yet, when it comes down to it, he is no match for the bigger boys.

Regarding our lives, we may be able to overcome many other people physically or intellectually. But, when we attempt to overcome God, we will be undone (Isaiah 6:5).

When Job attempted to stand in opposition to God, the LORD answered Job, “Now gird up your loins like a man; I will ask you, and you instruct Me” (Job 38:3). He follows with four chapters of questions like the following:

– Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? (38:4).
– Have you ever in your life commanded the morning? (38:12).
– Can you send forth lightnings that they may go? (38:35).
– Do you know the time the mountain goats give birth? (39:1).
– Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars? (39:26).

To all this, Job responds, “I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted. … I repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:6). Let us know our place before the Lord. We are weak and He is mighty.

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