You may remember a couple of posts in June from Job. As I move through the book (riding the M’Cheyne train 🚂) and read the human ‘wisdom’ that his counselors give, I’ve been reminded of how apt we are to weigh in with too much of ourselves.
We think more highly of ourselves than we should – Paul knew our propensity – see Romans 12.3. And we often think more highly yet of our opinions.
This is how I’ve seen the counsel of Job’s ‘counselors.’
Then, finally, God (who set the planets in their orbits around stars that make sunsets possible) interjects.
“Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me. “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.” (Job 38:1-4 ESV)
The rest of the chapter is worth meditating on. It is one of those amazing instances where God declares his power in the greatness of his nature.
It brought me such peace to read these words. To realize the power of God is the same power of God upon which we all rely. As we are reminded of the limitless power of God, let us grow in our trust in Him.
Thanks be to God for God. To God be all the glory.
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So, do you think God is addressing Job’s friends in Job 38:1-4 and not Job himself?
No, that want not implied, though the inference is clear to me now. I’d suggest that from all that had been said since the beginning of this conversation, God was reminding them all, and therefore us, that He is God and that they are not. For me, it is comforting to be reminded of this pretty regularly.
And, it’s the whole chapter of wonderful assertions of His deity, His supreme nature as the creator God!