February 22nd, 2010 by Kristi Stephens
In Friday’s post, Dragging God to Court, we looked at the dangerous ground Job stood on as he demanded God give an answer for his suffering. Job believed that God had wronged him.
Remember all of that courtroom terminology Job uses as he accuses God of wrongdoing?
Notice how God answers him.
Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm. He said:
“Who is this that darkens my counsel
with words without knowledge?
Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.
I don’t know about you, but that instills some vivid fear of the Lord in my heart! Throughout the next chapters, Job will get a serious reality check as God “cross-examines” him in their court-room encounter. We would be wise to listen and learn along with him.
“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
“Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea
or walked in the recesses of the deep?
Have the gates of death been shown to you?
Have you seen the gates of the shadow of death ?
Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?
Tell me, if you know all this.
Do you send the lightning bolts on their way?
Do they report to you, ‘Here we are’?
“Does the hawk take flight by your wisdom
and spread his wings toward the south?
Does the eagle soar at your command
and build his nest on high?
“Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him?
Let him who accuses God answer him!”
Notice that after this challenge from the Lord in chapter 40, Job seems to give a humble answer. Why does God start the questioning over again? What is missing in Job’s statement in 40:4-5?
We’ll discuss more in the next post. I’d love to hear what you’re thinking in the meantime!