‘STAND STILL & CONSIDER’ the WONDERFUL WORKS of GOD: "Listen to this, O Job; stand still and consider the wondrous works of God. Do you know when God dispatches them, and causes the light of His cloud to shine? Do you know how the clouds are balanced, those wondrous works of Him who is perfect in knowledge?" (Job 37:14-16)
In his rather long speech (see 36:26–37:24), Elihu reflects on the power, beauty and greatness of God as revealed in creation through the following elements of nature: raindrops (36:27, 28), thunderstorms (36:29–37:5), snow (37:6–9), ice (37:10), and clouds (37:11–13). While lightning and thunder showcases the greatness of God (37:1–5), snow and rain speaks about God’s control over these elements (37:6). God’s display of power makes everyone silent and even brings fear in every animal (37:7–8). The cyclical patterns of the weather are expressions that God is dependable as He brings everything to pass in its season (37:9–12).
In light of these examples of God’s greatness, Elihu asks how a mere mortal can question the ways of God. He goes on to challenge Job’s knowledge of nature, specifically how the clouds are balanced. Actually barring the natural scientific explanations about moisture condensation into vapor, clouds float because God in His wisdom has ordered the natural laws in such a way that they reveal His wonderful works that have been designed out of His perfect knowledge. Clouds are a symbol of the goodness of God and His grace in creation. The clouds (as part of the heavens above) declare the glory of God as they point us to the Creator God, just as the Psalmist David describes: "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork" (Psalms 19:1). The gathering clouds, rain, wind, thunder, and lightning illustrate the grandeur and glory of God!
How should we respond to the evidences of God’s greatness in nature? We should stand still and consider the wonderful works of God. In fact, we should visualize God’s majesty through these elements of nature, then thank Him for His provisions, and finally obey Him with godly fear and reverence. Nature does reveal the greatness of God; but it is in Jesus Christ that we see the grace of God, and grace meets all our needs!
Job’s life had been full of family, festivities, worship, and work until he lost it all, along with his health. After lengthy suffering and deep depression, he heard God through his friend Elihu telling him to “stand still and consider the wonderful works of God” (37:14). Job needed to pause and reflect the grandeur of God that He has revealed through His creation.
God also beckoned David to the same kind of reflective rest stop in the midst of chaos and turmoil in his life with these words: “come behold the works of the Lord,” and to “be still and know that I am God” (Ps. 46: 8, 10). God created every living creature that moves (Gen. 1:21) as He gave them life through His own breath (Gen. 1:26; 2:7). To understand the wonders of creation, we should also ‘stand still and consider the wonderful works of God’. Let us praise God for His wonderful creation, and stand in awe in His presence. By appreciating the wonders of God’s creation, we can begin to revel in the amazing truth that we are loved by its Creator – God!