Enduring the bloviating of a blowhard or listening to the voice of the Almighty God?

Blah blah blah.jpgYou’ve seen them, experienced them, and had to listen to them – hapless blowhards who think they have the answer to everything! Compare them to Almighty God, all powerful, all knowing, everywhere present who truly knows the end from the beginning and whose purposes will ultimately be fulfilled!
This morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord” several passages I read intersected around this theme… Here they are:

In Job 26 Job responds with stinging sarcasm to some “blowhards” who believe they have all the answers to his painful experiences… “Then Job answered and said: ‘How you have helped him who has no power! How you have saved the arm that has no strength! How you have counseled him who has no wisdom, and plentifully declared sound knowledge! With whose help have you uttered words, and whose breath has come out from you?’ (Job 26:1-4)

Then Job sets in stark contrast the Almighty God who does know everything and whose purposes never fail…

“He [God] stretches out the north over the void and hangs the earth on nothing. He binds up the waters in his thick clouds, and the cloud is not split open under them. He covers the face of the full moon and spreads over it his cloud. He has inscribed a circle on the face of the waters at the boundary between light and darkness. The pillars of heaven tremble and are astounded at his rebuke. By his power he stilled the sea… By his wind the heavens were made fair… Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways, and how small a whisper do we hear of him! But the thunder of his power who can understand?” (From Job 26:7–14)

And to that was added another passage of praise and worship that was part of my Bible reading this morning – an appropriate response to the God Job described…

“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has ever been his counselor? Who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid? For from him and through him and to him are all things! To him be glory forever! Amen!” (From Romans 11:33–36)

So when you’re exposed to the self-righteous, arrogant, bloviating of a “blowhard” who thinks he or she has all the answers to your situation; step away – excuse yourself – and find a quiet place and listen to THE VOICE OF GOD in His word and within your spirit… You’ll be glad you did!

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