Todays readings are Job38-39 and Acts15:1-15
At the moment I am writing a job (no pun intended) ad for an engineer. I am putting together a role description and detailing essential and desirable criteria that applicants need to address. I’m looking for applicants to respond in a way that impresses me and eventually causes them to be the one selected for the position. Based on experience I anticipate the sort of things they will state in their applications……heard it all before.
Today Job will get a response from God he did not anticipate.
The Lord has responded to Job’s plea of 31:35
“let the Lord answer me”
It’s reasonable for Job to want to know why all this is happening to him.When bad or difficult stuff happens to us we too think or say:
“What have I done to deserve this”
Job of course is totally unaware of the Lords heavenly wager with Satan who contends that Job is only a good man who honours God because he has been blessed with an abundant life. Take that away and Job will curse God. Satan thinks he understands that no man can truly love the Lord.
So far there has been a lot of talk from Job and his friends and now it’s the Lords turn. These two chapters form a response that kind of pin Job to the wall. In ch40:2 it becomes clear that the Lord has been accused by Job.
I wouldn’t want to receive the words of 38:1-2 from the Lord:
“Who is this who darkens my counsel with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you and you shall answer me.”
The Lord knows his response will be heavy to Job’s ears! Indeed he better brace himself.
He goes on to lay out vivid descriptions in word pictures of his creative power. I think the language is quite beautiful but I don’t think Job did. The Lord is questioning Job and strongly challenging his small understanding and limited viewpoint.
Job would shrink as the Lord questioned with:
“Were you there, Surely you know, surely you understand, Job, of course you can do this stuff I do??”
The Lord has sternly put Job in his place reminding him that he is not God and does not see or understand as He does. Tomorrow in Ch40 you’ll see that Job responds in a good way. Of course none of this answers Jobs real question: “Why is this happening to me” Why, why, why?
As we in times of trouble also inquire before the Lord….and we will!… let’s do so with an awareness of who we are and who the Lord is.
Peace to you as you do.