Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.

—Job 12:9-10

You may say, “God means well, and He has power and authority, but some unforeseen circumstance may derail His plans.” But for God there are no unforeseen circumstances! When you start out on a walk down the block, a black cat may run in front of you; a policeman may call you aside; you may drop dead; a car may run up on the sidewalk and break your leg. You never can tell. Unforeseen circumstances are everywhere around you and me—but the Sovereign God knows nothing about unforeseen circumstances. He has seen the end from the beginning…. So there can be no unforeseen circumstances.

There are also no accidents in God’s eyes, because God’s wisdom prevents an accident. You may be driving down the highway at forty miles an hour. A tire blows and you turn over in the ditch. Somebody didn’t make that tire quite right and it didn’t hang together…. But God Almighty’s wisdom never has a blowout. God Almighty knows what He’s doing; He’s utterly wise and there can be no accident. AOGII159-160

Because with You there are no unforeseen circumstances, Lord, I’ll leave my prayer time in complete peace. Because with You there are no accidents, I’ll meet this day with bold confidence. Amen. [1]

12:7–12 Even the world of nature—the beasts and the birds and the fish—shows God’s arbitrariness in destroying some and protecting others. If Job’s critics tested words as carefully as they tasted food, they would agree with the ancients, who uniformly agreed with what Job had said.[2]

12:7–10 All these elements (animals, birds, earth, and fish) of creation are called as illustrations that the violent prosper and live securely (v. 6). God made it so that the more vicious survive.[3]

[1] Tozer, A. W., & Eggert, R. (2015). Tozer on the almighty god: a 365-day devotional. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[2] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 523). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Job 12:7–10). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.


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