Today you should read: Job 38
“He is right behind me, isn’t he?” This line has been uttered in many different films and TV shows over the years. Usually in the context of someone boasting or making fun of an authority figure or someone physically more imposing only to find that the person is right behind them listening to the whole thing. The offender is usually stricken with fear and regret of their actions. The once proud and confident boaster becomes humbled and begins trying to apologize or excuse the stupidity of their actions.
When I read today’s passage I could not help but visualize Job swallowing hard and trembling when he saw the God of the universe coming at him in a whirlwind. Can you imagine? Have you ever seen a tornado in person? They are awe-inspiring. Now imagine that it was coming at you and God’s voice is coming out of it with these words:
“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.”
At this point, if this was happening to me I would need a change of clothes. There is absolutely no way that Job had any sort of prideful thoughts at this point. I want to draw attention to the areas that God challenged Job in and what we can take away from this passage.
1. God gives perspective to Job.
Job had been trying to understand from a very basic and finite understanding of the universe. He shaped his understanding of his circumstances from tradition and laws. Yet, Job did not take into consideration the mystery of God. Basically, Job could not understand fully what was happening to him because he is not God. I think this is important for you and me to understand because all of us have a perceived reality of control. We think that if we do the right things, generally good things will happen and things will work out. The actual reality is that we have no control and God controls everything down to our every heart beat (Colossians 1:17).
2. Trials give us an opportunity to see things from God’s perspective and produces wisdom.
Job had lived his whole life as a religious man devoted to God. Yet, when everything was taken away Job just could not wrap his mind around it. I am not putting Job down because I would not have been as patient as Job through this process I am sure. However, Job’s world was small and he could only make sense of life through the lens of his life. God questions Job from a universal perspective. I wonder how often we fall into the same trap. Do you think about God’s work outside of your own lens? Meditate on the following questions and see how God-sized your focus is.
Do you think about the work that God is doing in the lives of the people closest to you?
Do you think about how God can impact your city? How about the USA?
Do you keep up with world events and how God is moving in other countries and across the globe?
Do you pray regularly for any or all of these three areas?
Posted by: Chad Wiles