Today’s Reading: Job 38-42
All the “friendly” advice is over. All of Job’s pleas and questions have ended. It is now God’s time to speak into this situation. God confronts Job with a lengthy list of questions intended to remind Job how small he really is in light of his Creator.
Now, gird up your loins like a man,
And I will ask you, and you instruct Me!
Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding…
Job 38:3-4 (NASB)
I once heard Matt Chandler explain the phrase, “gird up your loins” as God telling Job, “Put your cup on and let’s do this!” I still smile a bit even as I write that phrase. I don’t want to minimize what is happening here with humor, but as you read God’s questions and challenge to Job it becomes almost amusingly clear that there is no answer that Job can give. God is making His point very clear. At one point there is even a bit of holy sarcasm that comes from God,
Where is the way to the dwelling of light?
And darkness, where is its place,
That you may take it to its territory
And that you may discern the paths to its home?
You know, for you were born then,
And the number of your days is great!
Job 38:19-21 (NASB)
God exposes Job’s folly through this lengthy series of questions. His intent is to remind Job of the reality of who he has been questioning throughout this ordeal. God’s questions are intended to lead Job to acknowledge who God is and repent.
Honestly, aren’t we all guilty of Job’s sin at points in our lives where we question God? We face difficulties or trials and suddenly we are struck with memory loss. How arrogant and conceited it is to think that our circumstances are such that they serve as the final proof that God “dropped the ball.” He must not care. Thousands of years of testimony of His faithfulness are out the window because my life is tough.
Not just in our times of trial, but also when it comes to our daily lives, we can be guilty of Job’s folly. By tackling our day on our own in our wisdom and abilities, we are basically saying we don’t need God. Just as Job sought to reason through in his wisdom without seeking the One who possesses all answers and holds all control, we can ignore the all-knowing Creator of all things.
God help us see Your reality through the fog of our circumstances. The reality that declares Your sovereignty, love, grace, mercy, and all other holy attributes is available to us through faith in Jesus Christ. We, as Your children have a loving Father who knows right where we are. When the fog becomes so thick that we question you, shine the light of Your truth so brightly that the fog lifts and we say with Job,
I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear;
But now my eye sees You;
Therefore I retract,
And I repent in dust and ashes.
Job 42:5-6 (NASB)
Rest in Jesus,