Read Job 37:14-24
This passage comes after Job has complained about God letting him suffer, and his friend Elihu is responding to him. For us, the weather is a small talk staple, but here the Elihu uses the breathtaking splendour of the weather to urge Job to recognise God’s power and greatness.
- What are the situations in which you talk about the weather? Have any of them prompted you to think about God’s majesty in the way Elihu suggests? Why or why not?
- What are your favourite elements of creation? Take time to consider the wondrous works of God, just as Elihu tells Job to.
- How have human activities affected these wondrous works? What examples can you think of in which humans preserve or cultivate this beauty? What examples are there of humans spoiling or destroying creation?
In this passage, the intricacy and balance of God’s creation are expounded upon. Elihu reminds us of our human smallness compared to God, but we know that we can have a detrimental impact on God’s creation. As we reflect on the impacts of climate change in Count Your Blessings this week, it’s clear that we have upset the balance of creation, exploiting the earth for our gain, without heed to our interconnected nature. As we extract and burn coal, oil and gas, we raise the temperature of the earth, meaning more droughts, floods and extreme weather events, creating suffering for our sisters and brothers.
- What does this passage say about the relation between God and creation? What does it say about the relation between humanity and creation?
- In what ways have we been wise in our own conceit with regards to God’s creation?
On Ash Wednesday we are urged to turn from sin and be faithful to Christ. As churches and communities, as well as individuals, we must all turn away from lifestyles which contribute to climate change, submitting to Christ and seeking to tread more lightly on earth
- What actions will you and your church take as part of Christian Aid’s Big Shift campaign towards clean energy? For inspiration on how you can make the world a brighter, better place in which all God’s people can flourish, visit christianaid.org.uk/bigshift