Hmmm…I never thought of God as a hunter, but…

Job 38:39-41
39 “Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
40 when they crouch in their dens
or lie in wait in their thicket?
41 Who provides for the raven its prey,
when its young ones cry to God for help,
and wander about for lack of food?”

This immediately raises questions in my mind about what exactly God claims to be doing here…I mean, the lions and ravens clearly hunt for their own food, yet God says He’s the one doing the hunting. I guess it’s the whole divine sovereignty/human responsibility paradox. (Though in this case, it’s animal responsibility.) Also, this means that God kills off some of His other creatures to provide food for the carnivores. Interesting.

Anyway, I really liked this picture of God’s care for His creation. It’s like in Luke 12:6, where Jesus says, “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God.” God cares for every creature He has made, from the lions to the young ravens to you and me. God is challenging Job: “I’m the one who sees and cares for all my creatures. Do you do that? No? Then why are you questioning how I’m caring for you?” May we remember that we “are of more value than many sparrows” (Luke 12:7). We shouldn’t be proud of our value but rather rejoice in the God who cares for us above all His creation.

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