After everyone has spoken now Job finally gets what He wanted and that was to hear from God directly. Jobs complaint was it seemed God has forgotten him and he begged for God to speak but what Job was not ready for was all the questions God was going to ask him. I hear many people say that when they get to Heaven they have a list of questions they are going to ask God. What if when we get to Heaven we are not the ones asking the questions? What if when we get to Heaven all of the things we questioned God about, He is going to ask us how we would handle all the situations we found so easy to criticize. It is easy to say “If I were God I would do (fill in the blank)”. But the reality is we do not know as much as God and because of our fallen nature everything we think we know is skewed toward our sinful thinking.
Job 38:1- 4
God spoke through the storm which shows the awesomeness of His power and the relational aspect of showing up personally. The God of the Bible is not a God who set things in motion and then excused Himself from all activities. God is involved in all the affairs of humanity and He is involved with every detail of our lives.
When God speaks:
1) We know very little
Who darkens my counsel?
Darken is used to speak of ignorance and not stupidity. Job was limited in his understanding of what was going on behind the scenes with God and Satan and he could not see how a loving God could use suffering to accomplish His will. As much as we think we know and as much studying of Gods word we can do, it will not be enough to understand everything about God and how He works His will out in His creation.
God will question Job and see if he can pass the test of wisdom to show him how little he really understands and how much he has not even seen or comprehend. The questions that God will ask Job are questions that Job should be able to answer if he is going to give wisdom to God on how the universe should be operated.
A) About the created universe (Job 38:4-38)
God ask Job where he was when the earth was created and of course Job was not around so he did not have an answer.
Even with all our advancements in technologies we still know very little about this great Galaxy we are a part of. The beginning of the earth and how we came into being is still not clearly known. I know they talk about Evolution being the cause but that has not been proven scientifically and although many believe it is true it takes more faith to believe in the Theory of Evolution than it does to believe that there is a God who created us.
God begins to ask Job how the earth was formed, how the oceans stay where they are, how the sun determines the seasons, how light was produced, how clouds form and how lightning works. Many of these things we may have answers for today but Job would have not have had the slightest clue to any of these answers because of his limited knowledge.
B) About The Afterlife (Job 38:17)
Read Job 38:17
After God ask Job about how creation came into existence and how it all works, He asks him an even more difficult question about what lies beyond this life. God begins to question Job about what happens when someone dies and where do we go. People have many theories about the afterlife from Heaven or Hell to reincarnation or even our spirits staying on earth. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that God set eternity in our hearts so I believe that intuitively we all believe that when we die we know there is something after this life. This of course is the ultimate question we must answer before we die because all of eternity is established by what we believe. If you believe that Jesus really was God in the flesh who came to put us back in a right relationship with God then you have to believe what He says. (John 3:16; 14:6) If Jesus is not the way to Heaven then you have to believe what other religions or even what atheist say about the after life. We will all face the afterlife one day and we need to take the time to really discover what is the truth. Of course, I believe that Jesus is the way to eternal life and that those who place their faith and trust in Him will spend eternity in Heaven with Him. Those who do not trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will spend eternity in Hell separated from the perfect union they were created to have.
C) About how God cares for the Animal Kingdom (Job 38:39-39:30)
God created animals to be able to fend for themselves and to have babies and instincts to guide them in seasons as well as away from trouble. God begins to ask Job if he can explain why the animals of the earth know how to do all those things. Of course Job could not explain to God any of the questions He was asking. Although we study the animal kingdom and observe how they behave, God is the one who knows why they act the way they do because He created them to act that way.
Read Job 40:1-5
When God speaks:
2) We become silent
Job realized that he could not answer God and therefore he put his hand over his mouth which was a sign of humbleness and defeat.
We live in a society that is all about expressing their opinions rather than listening and learning. We tend to talk and complain rather than be silent and listen to see what God has to say about any given situation. But God is not looking for us to just be silent in His presence, He is looking for us to trust Him with our lives.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Trusting God when it does not make sense is not always easy because we always think we know more than God. This is the lesson Job had to learn as he realized that there was so much that he was not even aware of and so many things he could not explain. We have to come to the end our ourselves in order to trust God because the pride of man makes us think that we know as much as God does. Trusting God humbling because you are admitting that He is God and you are not.
Read Job 40:8-14
God tells Job if He can be like Him then He will allow him to be God and if he can be God then Job can save himself. Job knew he was a sinner but he also knew that his suffering was not caused by his sin as his friends were trying to tell him. Job needed a savior just like the rest of us and Job knew that he could not do it on his own. God was letting Job know that if he could do the things of God then he could save himself from his sin. We all need to be saved but most people do not realize or want to accept that they need help. Humanity thinks that in and of themselves they are good people or good enough to make it into Heaven on their own. God addresses Job and questions him about saving himself. Of course Job did not have a full understanding about Jesus but God had revealed enough to him for him to realize that he had an advocate that would save him.
Job 19:25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
We cannot be good enough on our own so we have to be redeemed or made good again. Jesus Christ was our redeemer and in Jobs suffering God revealed that to him. When we see God’s majesty in Heaven we will be in awe of how great He is and we will also fully understand how we could not be there by our own goodness or works. We have to be saved from ourselves and that is exactly what Jesus did for us.
Psalm 3:8 Salvation belongs to the Lord; your blessing be on your people!
When God Speaks:
3) We realize we are weak but He is strong
Read Job 40:15, 24 and 41:1-11
God mentions two animals which has left theologians debating what Job actually meant when he described them. Some believe the behemoth was a hippopotamus and the Leviathan a crocodile. Some believe they were mystical creatures and some believe that the Leviathan is Satan himself as mentioned in Isaiah 27:1 and Revelation 13.
Whatever the case the entire point is God is bigger than any beast that walks the earth, the spiritual world or any beast your imagination can make up. Pride makes humanity think that they are strong enough to handle their own problems and that they can live this life on their own strength and wisdom. God created us to be in a relationship with Him in which we would rely on His strength (Philippians 4:13) and His wisdom.(James 1:5)
Read Job 42:1-6
When God Speaks:
4) We deepen our relationship with Him
I have heard of you but now my eyes see you
Job has a different relationship with God that he would have never experienced if he did not go through all the pain and sorrow he experienced. Many people have a view of God that is inaccurate and all the pain and all the heartache in life can change you to the point that you not only know about God but you experience Him on a personal level. This relationship with God will be restored when we get to Heaven and it will be the same relationship Adam and Eve had with God before sin entered the world. Even though we will have this relationship restored in Heaven we have to remember that we can get to know God on a deeper and more intimate level on earth. What keeps us from knowing God on a deeper and intimate level is that we busy our lives with many things that do not matter. We also have wrong ideas about God that block our relationship with Him. You may be reading this and you have never thought that you could have an intimate relationship with God as you would have with a friend. God desires that we get to know Him deeply and many times our relationship suffers with God because of time and because of sin we have allowed in our lives.
James 2:23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.
If your encounter with God does not lead you to repentance of your actions, then you did not have an encounter with God. The right view of God will always lead to a right view of yourself and that is what the theologians of old called “Total Depravity” meaning you have nothing good in you to offer God.
Isaiah 6:5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
Some say instead of repent it should say “I am comforted”. Job does not confess any sins and God does not accuse him of any so comforted could make sense. God never answers Job questions but Job is satisfied with seeing God and it seems that all the questions have gone away. We will reach this day ultimately when we get to Heaven but our relationship with God on earth can grow to the point that no matter the heartache or pain we go through we can be comforted knowing God is our comforter.
Read Job 42:7-9
When God Speaks:
5) We forgive
The people that made Jobs experience worse were the very ones that Job would ask God to forgive. How many people in your life would not receive forgiveness if God left it up to you whether or not they should receive forgiveness?
In Number chapter sixteen the people rebelled against Moses and Aaron so God cast a plague on the people to teach them not to go against Gods chosen leader. Moses and Aaron did not sit back and gloat or thank God for cursing the people instead they interceded for them. Moses and Aaron literally stood between life and death for the people by asking God to not allow them to receive the punishment they deserved. Forgiveness is letting people not pay for the harm they have done to you. When we encounter God we will be able to forgive others no matter how much hurt and pain they have put us through.
If you cannot forgive someone then you need to get in a deeper relationship with God and see how He transforms your heart toward forgiveness.
1 John 5:16 If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God[a] will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that.
We are to see that people are committing sins (which means we judge their actions not their attitude Matthew 7) but we are to pray for them that God will change them and bring them back around. Jobs friends repented of their actions and they did the things that God required from them. Repentance is more than just saying you are sorry it is taking steps to change your ways.
There is nothing more we can do to be like Christ than praying for those who are or who have hurt us.
Luke 23:34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”[a] And they cast lots to divide his garments.
People act a certain way and, many times, they have no idea the hurt they are inflicting on others. We forgive them and pray for them because they are blinded by the sin in their life and because they do not see that what they are doing is wrong. Remember the centurions and the religious leaders who were killing Jesus were doing so because they thought what they were doing was either biblical or according to the law.
Jobs friends thought they were righteous in their actions and must have been totally shocked that God called them out as the ones who made Him angry. They gave many speeches correcting Job and trying to convince him of his wicked ways. We need to be praying more for those who hurt us to come to repentance just like Job prayed for his friends. God will work out everything in the end and God will show who was right and who was wrong but until that time we should practice forgiveness because we all make mistakes.
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you