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God questions Job!

Scripture reading for June 2nd: Job 38-39

Job had been longing for an audience with God so that he could state his case.  His friends had accused him of harboring sin in his life and being under God’s punishment.  They had tried to define God’s ways and actions to him but Job needed to hear from God Himself!  Job had maintained his integrity and faith in God but had lots of questions.  Finally, Job got the desire of his heart!

God appeared to Job out of a storm or whirlwind.  (Job 38:1)  God’s first question was: “Who is this that darkens My counsel with words without knowledge?” (Job 38:2)    I believe this was a  word of rebuke for all of Job’s friends, particularly the last speaker, Elihu.  (He claimed perfect knowledge in Job 36:4.)  But God was also there to correct Job’s understanding!

The next four chapters are filled with questions that only God could answer. There are about seventy questions concerning the world God created and the animal kingdom. Job’s questions about why he was suffering were never answered.  God only showed Job through these questions that He was in control and knew more about creation than we do. He implied that we do not need to know everything while here on earth.  Just knowing God and his great power and total authority over all creation should give us hope and peace.

When it comes down to it, God’s wisdom and understanding make us look small indeed!  To think that this God who created the vast heavens and unique earth would care about man is difficult to understand.  I am humbled and amazed that God would come to Job and personally talk to him!  It reminds me of Jesus Christ when he said: “Come to me all you who weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)  God is humble too!  He stoops low to speak to us and teach us about Himself.  We are blessed to learn and to hear His voice!

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