God allows a wildness in his creation. He doesn’t deny it exists, he doesn’t look at creation through rose tinted glasses. But God doesn’t immediately stop every threat, every danger, God allows pockets of chaos within his created order. The presence of pain and chaos in the world God has made doesn’t declare God’s absence or call into question his sovereignty or his goodness. But God cares in the chaos, he rules over it, we can trust in his goodness in it.
From 38v39 throughout chapter 39 God focuses Job’s attention on a wide array of animals. Asking the same questions to draw Job into seeing God’s care, attention to detail and goodness. From the lions who God satisfies, and the mountains goats who God sees. The wild donkey who God gave freedom to and provides for. The wild Ox, the weird and wonderful ostrich, the warhorse with its might and power, to the hawk and eagle who fly because of God’s wisdom.
God created each of these animals, he cares for them, provides for them, watches over them. Whether they are clean or unclean animals, God delights in them. There’s a sense of divine wonder in what he’s made in God’s description of all these animals. God is pleased with what he’s made even post fall. But notice the focus in the animals God chooses to direct Job’s attention to. It’s not the funny loving puppy, the tame pony, or the loveable hamster. These animals are wild and powerful, untameable and dangerous. This is nature red in tooth and claw. God is showing Job that in his good world that he’s made there is death and danger. There is chaos in creation but not out of his control or without purpose or design.
And God is good; providing for and caring for even those creatures than would make Job fearful. Do you see the implication if God cares even for these things how much more for you, Job?
God allows a wildness in his creation. He doesn’t deny it exists, he doesn’t look at creation through rose tinted glasses.