Job 38:1-3 – “Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said: 2 “Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? 3 Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me.” NKJV
In a very real sense Job allowed himself to drift into a self-righteous mindset and questioned God. The LORD, as He often does, allowed it to continue for a time then made His presence known in the situation and placed Job in the interrogation room and informed Job that God Himself would be the detective in this case and ask a few questions. I can only imagine how Job felt, especially after God in all His Holiness asked the first question or two.
Job had been proclaiming his righteousness and now God steps beyond man’s righteousness and reveals Himself as the Sovereign Creator of Everything. In that light He causes Job to understand the fallacy of Job’s argument and the wrongness of questioning God. How would you answer God were He to ask us?
- To Explain Creation to Him.
- To Explain Gravity, Planetary Balance, Sea Waters, the Waters above and beneath the earth, or Nature in general.
- To Explain light and darkness and their result and effect on everything.
- To Explain where Light and Darkness come from or Snow for that matter how each snowflake is different.
- To Explain the Stars, lightning, or other natural occurrences.
- To Explain all animal behavior and habits.
- To Explain God’s Rule over all Creation.
What if God were to demand that you explain all those things to Him? Clearly, Job could see the occurrences in nature, but could he control or even explain them? By the time God was through interrogating Job the heart of this man was filled with wonder and he recognized his wrongness. He recognized the sovereignty of God and confessed that he had spoken words without knowledge. I wonder how many times we, through our petty pet doctrines, do the same.
It was out of Job’s repentance that God had him pray for his so-called comforters which were truly physicians of no value and then restored to Job double. Job came to a place that He would no longer trust his righteousness or personal perceived goodness but would fully rely on God. That is the place we must come if we are to walk in the fullness of God’s Abundant Life that Jesus came to bring. There is a place in God that is above the ability of humanity, and we can enter that realm through faith with humility and in obedience.
God bless you as you go through this day!