7/3 Job 26:7, 10

7 He stretches out the north over the void and hangs the earth on nothing.

10 He has inscribed a circle on the face of the waters at the boundary between light and darkness.

Job is considered to be one of the oldest books in the Bible. In Job's response to his friends, he speaks of the unsearchable majesty of God. Have you ever been trying to answer someone and in so doing you answer your own questions? It seems that Job is consoling himself regarding his lack of understanding of his misery and the injustice he sees in the world by looking at the mystery of God. There are so many wonders of nature that God has wrought, surely we cannot fathom what He is doing through our circumstances.

Millennia ago when Job wrote this, other cultures thought the earth was on Hercules' back, or the backs of elephants, or on some unseen pillars. Not only did Job know the earth was suspended in space, but he also knew that our earth was round. The circle between light and darkness was never seen by man until a manned satellite went into space in 1960. Now, even remote corners of the earth have seen pictures from outer space and the beautiful semi-circle that moves across the ocean dividing the day from the night, just as Job described. To see the entire circle, one would have to see the entire globe at once. How could Job know this without a revelation from God?

What does this tell us about the Bible? Its words are trustworthy and true. If it declares science that won't be known for millennia to come, its words regarding the heart of man and God are dependable as well.

Prayer: LORD, increase our heart's desire for the wisdom and guidance of Your Word. Help us to treasure it more than gold and silver, or even as Job said, more than our portion of food (Job 23:12).