To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his. What he tears down cannot be rebuilt; those he imprisons cannot be released. If he holds back the waters, there is drought; if he lets them loose, they devastate the land. To him belong strength and insight; both deceived and deceiver are his. He leads rulers away stripped and makes fools of judges. He takes off the shackles put on by kings and ties a loincloth around their waist. He leads priests away stripped and overthrows officials long established. He silences the lips of trusted advisers and takes away the discernment of elders. He pours contempt on nobles and disarms the mighty. He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings utter darkness into the light. He makes nations great, and destroys them; he enlarges nations, and disperses them. He deprives the leaders of the earth of their reason; he makes them wander in a trackless waste. They grope in darkness with no light; he makes them stagger like drunkards. – Job 12:13-25
Job is responding again here to his “accusers” AKA his friends. It is a sad day when our friends are also our “accusers”, unless of course we are engaging in something worthy of accusation. Job is not, but his friends do not know this. Job still reveres God and attributes Him with great power over our lives.
God is able to “hold back the waters” and He is able to send them in excess so that they “devastate the land”. This is sometimes difficult to understand. Why would God withhold water that we need and send rains that destroy. God has done both in my walk with water in the bible. He caused devastating droughts during the time of Elijah (1 Kings 17:1-6), and he sent a destroying rain, God’s rain, during the time of Noah (Genesis 7:4-7). This rain on the righteous and wicked was explored in a previous post about the spiritual cycle, and I also explored some of this nature for God in a post about How God is Like Water.
God is clearly the “Lord of the Dance” from Job’s perspective, even though at the moment Job feels as though God has abandoned him on the dance floor. The song “Lord of the Dance” is still one of those songs that can give me goose bumps. What an image of a loving God who wants to dance with us. Here are a few of the lyrics:
I danced in the morning when the world was young
I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun
I came down from heaven and I danced on the earth
At Bethlehem I had my birth
Dance, dance, wherever you may be
I am the lord of the dance, said he
And I lead you all, wherever you may be
And I lead you all in the dance, said he…
Job has it right the Lord of the Dance is He…
Prayer: God you are the Lord of the Dance…indeed. May we learn to dance with You and for You.