Through the Bible Day by Day
Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?
“KNOWEST THOU?” “CANST THOU?”
The series of questions is continued, and God asks more especially with respect to animated and organic nature. The wild goats, Job_39:1-4; the wild ass, Job_39:5-8; the wild ox, Job_39:9-12; the peacocks and ostriches, Job_39:13-18; the war horse, Job_39:19-25; the hawk, Job_39:26-30. In each case some special point is asked, hidden from the observation of ordinary men. If Job were unable to know more than they on such matters as these, how could he expect to know more than they of the reasons that dictate God’s dealings with His people?
There is mystery in every part of the universe of God. He hides Himself, so that we cannot discover Him. His thoughts are deeper, His ways profounder, than our mind can fathom. There is not a single pathway leading out of the garden of life along which a man, traversing it, will not come to a point when the track dies away in the grass and there is no further progress. In nature and in Scripture alike we have to deal with the inscrutability of God’s ways. Nor can we wonder, if the God of the Bible and of nature be the God of providence, to find mystery also there. This is the argument of The Analogy of Religion, Natural and Revealed, by Bishop Butler.