Up until chapter 38 God has been relatively silent throughout this whole process. This is hard for us to accept or understand but God often does His best work in the midst of silence. It forces us to depend upon Him, look to Him for wisdom, and run to Him in fear and awe. If we always heard His voice, we would never seek His face as David writes in Psalm 27:8-9. It is in these times that God exposes the lies and sin of our heart and what we are really depending on. Though Job sought to look to God, he did it imperfectly because he, like us, was an imperfect human being.
God, out of love for Job, in chapter 38 spoke. This must have been incredibly comforting to hear the voice of God but incredibly convicting at what He said. He reminded Job that He was in control. He reminded Job that He was over it all. He showed Job that, though he was trying, some part of him was looking to Himself instead of God.
God continues His monologue in chapter 39 as He continues to cite creation to show His sovereignty, wisdom, trustability, and transcendence, calling Job to look to Him and trust Him, not himself.
We looked at this recently at Center Point through the lens of Proverbs 3:5-8 where God tells us to TRUST Him, LEAN on Him, ACKNOWLEDGE Him, and to NOT be WISE in our OWN eyes but instead FEAR Him. This is the same thing that God is calling Job to do. This is simultaneously the hardest thing in the human experience and the most freeing. God is a Good Father. We can trust Him.
- How do you tend to take control of things going on in your life?
- What holds you back from trusting God completely?
By: Nick Parsons — Pastoral Ministry Associate: College