The Lord Reveals Himself to Job (Job 38:1 – 40:2)

Job 38:1–7 (NKJV)
The LORD Reveals His Omnipotence to Job

38 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:

2 “Who is this who darkens counsel
By words without knowledge?
3 Now prepare yourself like a man;
I will question you, and you shall answer Me.

4 “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding.
5 Who determined its measurements?
Surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
6 To what were its foundations fastened?
Or who laid its cornerstone,
7 When the morning stars sang together,
And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

So opens God’s response to Job and all his friends present.  God goe son to ask who stopped the sea at the shoreline. Who makes the day dawn each morning, who can measure the earth, who can find the dwelling of light?  Who brings the rain, who sends the wind, who birthed ice or controlled the time of sleet?  He asked Job if he had set the constellations in place, or distributed wisdom.  Can he hunt for the lion or provide food for the raven?

Can Job tell when animals will give birth, or let wild animals free?  Will oxen gladly serve Job?  God describes the lack of wisdom in the ostrich, the strength of the horse, the majesty of a flying hawk or eagle.

His final question rings out,

Job 40:2 (NKJV)

2 “Shall the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him?
He who rebukes God, let him answer it.”

In this deep, representative discourse on His own greatness, God instructs Job and reminds him of the distance between God and man.  He reminds Job that no one else has the power of God to create and control the intricate wildlife system of this world.  God makes it clear that there is no room to truly question God. Although God will entertain questions, even critique, for a while, eventually God is looking for His people to step up and believe that the mighty God we serve is able to sustain, keep, and restore one who has lost so much.  Trust Him, even in the midst of trouble and sorrow!

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