The Book of Job-Chapter Thirty-Eight:
"The Lord Answers Job"
sabotaged Job's relationship with the Lord through
falsehood, divisiveness and innuendo (his methods have
apparently not changed much over time). God is always ready
to listen, and communicate, but Job has been so disturbed
and up-ended by events. What about us? Even today with a
Personal Savior in the Person of Jesus Christ, a New and
Better Covenant sealed for us at Calvary, and the coming of
the Great Comforter in the Person of the Indwelling Holy
Spirit, we STILL can be toyed with by Satan as was Job. In
fact, with all it's advantages today isn't the Church yet
full of "miserable counselors" and the miserable?
Yes, the battle to find hope and solace in the face of earthly suffering rages on today. I can feel it in me even now. It is better to turn to God fully and quickly in tough times, but Job, like me too often, was not quite able to do that. Not right away. Instead, with misinformation from his friends, he became wary of the Lord and weary of the effort to understand Him. Devilish lies compounded by our own weaknesses can leave us spiritually wary and weary too.
And listening to the voice of the God here, it almost sounds like explaining and justifying Himself to us may weary Him:
Verses 3-4: "Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding."
Job never cursed God as was predicted, but he has QUESTIONED the Lord, questioned events, even questioned the wisdom of God allowing his birth! Did Job have a right to ask all that? Do you and I?
Verses 5-6: "Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;"
Man and all the earth's creatures are not the only beings God has made:
all the sons
of God shouted
12-15: "Hast thou commanded the morning
since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his
it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the
wicked might be shaken out of it? It
is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a
garment. And from the wicked their light is
withholden, and the high arm shall be broken."