How you have helped him who is without power! How you have sustained the arm that is without strength!
How you have counseled him who has no wisdom! And how plentifully you have declared to him sound knowledge!
With whose assistance have you uttered these words? And whose spirit came forth from you?
The shades of the dead tremble underneath the waters and their inhabitants.
Sheol (the place of the dead) is naked before God, and Abaddon (the place of destruction) has no covering .
He it is Who spreads out the northern skies over emptiness and For millenniums, various theories of what supports the earth--elephants, giants, and other fantastic means--were accepted by mankind as truth. The Bible made no such absurd error. How could Job, more than 3,000 years ago, possibly have known that God ``hangs the earth upon or over nothing," except by divine inspiration?hangs the earth upon or over nothing.
He holds the waters bound in His clouds , and the cloud is not rent under them.
He covers the face of His throne and spreads over it His cloud.
He has placed an enclosing limit upon the waters at the boundary between light and darkness.
The pillars of the heavens tremble and are astonished at His rebuke.
He stills or stirs up the sea by His power, and by His understanding He smites proud Rahab.
By His breath the heavens are garnished; His hand pierced the fleeing serpent.
Yet these are but the outskirts of His ways or the mere fringes of His force, the faintest whisper of His voice! Who dares contemplate or who can understand the thunders of His full, magnificent power?
Summary: Even though the Christian life is primarily characterized by abundant life and joy, there are seasons where the Lord allows us to go through dark valleys. It is often during those wilderness times that we encounter God, and our faith is strengthened.