The Power of Chaos & Evil

I used to enjoy surfing, and I love learning about the ocean. It’s tides and what forms waves and rip currents are always topics of conversations with new people who join us at the beach. I’ve become the source for all water-related information like temperature and when the next high tide is. This week is my family’s yearly vacation to the beach. I love the beach, the first morning I was here I was out on the sand dune reading through Luke, and I could help but think of this passage in Job as I was looking out of the ocean.

8 “Who shut up the sea with doors when it burst forth, coming out of the womb, 9 when I made the storm clouds its garment, and thick darkness its swaddling band, 10 when I prescribed its limits, and set in place its bolts and doors, 11 when I said, ‘To here you may come and no farther, here your proud waves will be confined’?” (Job 38:8-11 NET)

In the Ancient Near East, people saw the ocean as where chaos and evil originated. Here in Job, we see that God has dominion of the ocean, including the forces of chaos and evil. He’s in charge. He even stops its bounda