If you can't hold your own against his glowering visage, how, then, do you expect to stand up to me? Who could confront me and get by with it? I'm in charge of all this—I run this universe! Job 41:10-11 (MSG)
Over the past 20 years, few books have held me on the edge of my seat as Into Thin Air, John Krakauer's first-hand, riveting account of the tragedy on Mount Everest in May of 1996. I listened to Krakauer reading the book on audio tape as I drove late one night on a business trip. Arriving at my destination, I sat in the parking lot of my hotel for over 90 minutes and finished listening to the book.
There is something fascinating about man versus nature stories. Whether it's journeying to the moon in Apollo XIII, trying to make it to the South Pole with Scott, or climbing Mt. Everest with Krakauer, it's fascinating how we push ourselves to the limit to explore the vastness of nature. It's equally fascinating how we are tragically reminded, time and time again, how frail and impotent we are in the face of nature's unbridled power.
That's really God's message to Job in this litany about the Leviathan. Isn't it interesting how we have such great fear and respect for the power of nature (don't forget your sunscreen), but give little regard to the power of the almighty God who created it?