taming the crocodile

Perhaps it sounds like insanity but I paid good money to be tortured on Saturday. Most of the soreness has worked its way out of my shoulders and neck but Sunday morning was pretty rough. Stress seems to go right to the muscles in my upper back so I knew the message would hurt. I struggled at times for torture seems an accurate description. However, I endured for I knew in the end, once the soreness was gone, I would be better for it.

God in his abundant love allows circumstances to come our way to make us look to Him and help us become more Christ-like. The midst of the trial, however, often feels like torture, abandonment even. We question God’s love, his plan, even his existence. Job went on for chapters about his unfair treatment until God finally shut him up with a few observations and questions. In chapter 41, God asks Job about he Leviathan, possibly a crocodile. After describing the fierceness of the creature, God said-

“If you lay a hand on him, you will remember the struggle and never do it again… Who then is able to stand against me? Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me.” Job 41: 8, 10-11

The God who made the crocodile, the ferocious creature that man in all his intelligence, inventions, and technology still cannot tame, is the God who walks with me. Maybe my way of looking at this passage makes sense only to me because of the paths I walk, but let me share my take anyway.

If I don’t have the strength, wisdom, and power to tame an animal, then what makes me think I can handle alone the circumstances and challenges of life? Yet the God who made and controls the crocodile uses whatever means he sees fit to guide and refine me. How my heart soars at the truth of just how great God is!

Lord, I can’t handle my trials any better than I could fight a crocodile, but I don’t need to because I have you in my corner! Neither can I shake my fist at you for what you bring my way because I know it is ultimate love that causes you to take me down paths that will make me stronger and more Christ-like. I do ask though that you give me the courage and strength I need. Walk with me! Guide me! Show me how to rest under your wing. Amen

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