Job 41: What Can We Learn from Leviathan?
Welcome to one of the most interesting creature stories in the Bible! In Job 41, we meet leviathan, and there has certainly been a lot of conversation of what this creature was or is. For some people, it was a whale, and others say it was a crocodile.
Some people have equated it with Satan or some kind of lesser demon, and some have said that it was a dinosaur that literally existed.
I guess that we could break down each and every one of those possibilities, but I want to focus on an important characteristic of leviathan.
Job 41:9 Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?
Job 41:10 None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me?
Whatever leviathan is or was, it was frightening to people. I think that if it is any of those possibilities I listed above, we might have some right to be afraid of them.
However, if we are too afraid to mess with a part of God’s creation, how can we possibly then be prepared to stand before God?
The creation cannot be greater than the Creator, and if that is true, God is undoubtedly greater than leviathan no matter what it really is.
How many times do we end up in a situation like this? We get all afraid of something in the world and somehow fail to remember that God is above all of it. Let me give you an example.
I have always been an overachiever. I put a lot of effort into whatever I do. I think that we have an obligation certainly to use the gifts that we have been given, but there is also a point where all of the human effort in the world doesn’t cut it. Sometimes, we need to simply trust that God has some kind of plan in place, and, rather than attempt to work everything out ourselves, we need to let God be in control.
That is a hard one, but it does tie into what I wrote yesterday. It involves surrender, and it involves sacrificing ourselves and our own agendas. It is not easy.