Job 38:1-4 (NLT)
1Then the LORD answered Job from the whirlwind:
2“Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words? 3Brace yourself, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.
4“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much.
Job 42:1-6 (NLT)
1Then Job replied to the LORD:
2“I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you. 3You ask, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’ It is I. And I was talking about things I did not understand, things far too wonderful for me.
4“You said, ‘Listen and I will speak! I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.’
5“I had heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes. 6I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.”
For weeks we’ve been plodding through the book of Job. There has been a lot of repetition, with some new insights now and then. Job strongly proclaims his innocence and his friends strongly proclaim Job’s arrogance. Back and forth — Job looks for sympathy and answers, his friends tell him he must repent.
Then suddenly we come to chapter 38 and the Lord speaks. As I read this chapter – and the ones to follow – I am humbled. The Lord has a barrage of questions. What about this? Have you thought about that? And did you notice the other thing? Bang! Bang! Bang! Anything that would have caused us to think we have the answers is suddenly blown out of the water.
At one point, in reading these chapters, I am awestruck. Then I have a wry grin as I think of Job listening to this barrage. Then I laugh at the sarcasm and wit. But mostly, I am humbled. Like Job must have been humbled. What can we say to God’s ultimate wisdom and authority? Nothing.
And that is exactly how Job responds.
Lord. I have nothing more to say. I am surrendered to you and I am here.
Ecclesiastes 5:2 (NLT)
2And don’t make rash promises to God, for he is in heaven, and you are only here on earth. So let your words be few.
Father, I am sorry for the arrogance and rashness of my life. I think I’m pretty smart and pretty wise, but I’m not. You are God in Heaven and here am I on Earth — please, let my words be few. Teach me to look to you first and to rely solely on you for wisdom and strength.
Jesus I am so in awe of you. Please teach me how to trust you more fully. Please teach me to take your Word for what it is — absolute power.
I praise you God!