God said to Job, ““Look now at the behemoth, which I made along with you; He eats grass like an ox” (Job 40:15). ““Can you catch Leviathan with a hook or put a noose around its jaw?(41:1). Now we don’t know exactly what those two “monsters” were. Some speculate that God was talking about a hippopotamus and a crocodile. It doesn’t matter.
Whatever they were, why would God begin his revelation by having Job consider these two massive monsters? Why would God have Job look into the faces of a hippopotamus and a crocodile? Or whatever those two “monsters” were.
First, the Lord posed this problem to his servant: “Look, Job, here comes the hippopotamus after you. What are you going to do? Who are you going to call? Ghostbusters? I don’t think so. Call out to your “lifeline“? Probably not. Can you wrestle him down in your own physical strength? No? Maybe you can try to sweet-talk him.
“Now, take a look at the crocodile that’s threatening. How will you handle him? This creature has a heart of stone. He has no concept of mercy.” This was more than a simple lecture about the animal kingdom. No, God was telling Job something about life’s “monsters.” He was showing his servant that these two awesome, ferocious, overpowering creatures represented the monstrous problems raging in Job’s life.
“Consider the hippo. He tramples down everything in sight. He’s simply too big a problem for you to handle, Job. You are no match for him whatsoever. Nothing you can do will tame him. Only I, the Lord, know how to stop such a monstrous creature.
“And what about the crocodile, Job? No human can do battle with such a creature. And nobody in his own strength can strip the crocodile of his thick armor. The same is true of your spiritual enemy, the devil. Only I can win the battle with him.”
Do you hear what God is saying? He’s not just talking to Job, but to you and me, as well. He’s telling us, “Face the truth about the monsters in your life—whatever they are. You can’t handle them. I’m the only one who can.”
Maybe your monster is loneliness, maybe it is depression. Maybe you are afraid of something. Afraid you won’t find work. Afraid you won’t be healed. Maybe it is something vastly different like pornography, alcohol, drugs, whatever name you want to put on your “monsters.” What are you going to do?
When God asked Job that question, Job answered, “My God is all-powerful. He can do all things. And no purpose of his can ever be thwarted. I know I can’t stand up against the “hippo” or the “crocodile” in my life. But that doesn’t matter. I know God can. My part is simply to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord” (see Job 42:1-2).
So this morning, stand against those “monsters” in your life and defeat them, subdue them. Walk away from them. Because we will become victorious over those “monsters” by taking hold of the victory Jesus has already won! It is time we turn from being passive victims and take hold of the reality of Christ’s victory being ours. “For whoever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith. Who is it that is victorious over [their “monsters”] but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (I John 5:4-5). Is that you? Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God? You do? Then by golly, you are victorious over those monsters!
Father, I fully recognize I am powerless on my own, but I am victorious through you! I take my delight in you and in you alone. I am no longer the victim but the victor. I thank you that you have already won the victory and this morning I will no longer be tormented with ____________ (fill in the blank with your “monster[s]”). This morning I walk free from it! I rejoice and shout your name in praise and adoration.
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