Every time I turn the television on, there are about five programs airing on various channels about crocodiles. Each one features the fierce creature thrashing and turning in the water with several men risking their lives to tame him.
There is a crock craze that continues to sweep the media world and those hooked on the media it produces. Certainly the wild and risky antics of Steve Irwin from Australia–from wrestling to whispering sweet things in their ears to kissing his beloved crocodiles, drew worldwide interest and attention to the swarthy reptile.
This may surprise you, but the Bible has a lot to say about crocodiles!
One whole chapter in the book of Job (some say this is the oldest biblical book written) is devoted to questions that God asks Job about the creature:
“Can you put a cord through his nose or pierce his jaw with a hook? Will he keep begging you for mercy or speak to you with gentle words? Can you make a pet of him or put him on a leash for your girls?” (Job 41:2,5)
I love the sarcastic edge of our Creator!
“If you lay a hand on him, you will remember the struggle and never do it again. Any hope of subduing him is false. The mere sight of him is overpowering.” (Job 41:8:10)
“No one is fierce enough to rouse him, who then can stand against Me? Who has a claim against Me that I must pay?”
Now this is more than an edge of sarcasm. God is making a point that if the crocodile can make us shudder, stand back, because the One True God of the universe who created the crock, is more awesome and terrible in power than this fearsome creature.
The media perpetuates the attitude that God is in heaven throwing down problems and calamities, that He doesn’t answer prayer, and that He is too busy counting the hairs on our heads really to care and love us. When something goes wrong, it is not unusual to see the star of a film shaking their fist at God asking, “Why did you do this to me? I don’t deserve this!”
The Creator and Redeemer of the universe is entitled to a little sarcastic edge from heaven the way He is treated.
The truth is the crocodile is feared for his fearsome power and might. Man is no match for him.
God delivers the afflicted by way of their affliction (Job 36:15).
Next time you are tempted to shake a fist at God, remember the awesome crocodile and stand back.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 1:7).