Hands Up, Not Out – 11/18/20

Esther Nolton

Job 41:10-11  “No one is so fierce that he dares to stir him up. Who then is he who can stand before me? Who had first given to me, that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine.” 


This passage uses two simple examples of God’s sovereignty by reminding us that: 1) God is greater than anything we fear, and 2) He has already gifted us with the best and only gift we need. We often fear monstrous threats, but for some reason we think we can challenge God when, in fact, He is even mightier than any earthly thing that we fear or revere (v. 10). Instead of being prideful and relying on ourselves (Habakkuk 2:4), living by faith in God’s power gives us confidence and refuge (Proverbs 14:26; Psalm 91). 

We also often have the audacity to ask God to give us things when He has already given us the greatest gift ever! Imagine how silly it would be to take a friend out for lunch and expect them to repay you only to find out that they own the restaurant where you dined. This is what it’s like to ask for God to repay you with worldly treasures when He is the one who gave you life and all the gifts that you have (Ephesians 2:8-9; James 1:17). God is sovereign over all and already owns everything we could possibly fear or offer (v.11). In our pride, God reminds us that we’re the ones who are indebted to Him. As such, hold your hands up in praise of God’s sovereignty over all instead of holding your hands out expecting repayment from the one you actually owe.  

Prayer: Help us to surrender our pride and know God is even greater than anything we fear or revere. Let us be thankful and praise God for the gifts He’s given us instead of asking what more He will give us. May we entrust our worries to the one who has power over and owns it all.