Job 38:1-5, 8-11
Our reading today is from the Book of Job the 38th chapter. We’ll start with verse 1.
Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said
“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.
Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements?
Surely you know!
Or who shut in the sea with doors,
when it burst open from the womb;
when I made clouds its garment,
and thick darkness at swaddling band;
and prescribed limits for it, and set bars and doors;
and said, Thus far you shall come and no farther.
And here shall your proud waves be stayed.” (Job 38:1-5, 8-11)
I’d like you to use your imagination for a moment, imagine a very prestigious architect in New York City who is leading a group of people on a tour of a brand new building, a skyscraper that he has helped to design. And he’s put a lot of thought and design work has gone and he’s been working on this project for about seven years.
And it just so happens that on the tour one of the people he’s giving the tour to has brought along a little 13 year old boy who’s just kind of tagging along. And as he’s going along this 13 year old boy begins questioning the architect whether or not he really did things right and actually saying that the building is not very well designed and kind of challenging him.
We wouldn’t blame the architect for suddenly stopping and turning to this little boy and saying “Who do you think you are? Who do you think you are challenging me and my knowledge and my insights into all of this?”
Now in the Book of Job, Job as by God’s decision been allowed to go through a lot of very, very difficult things. Virtually losing almost everything in his life except for his life itself.
And during that process Job and his friends begin to strongly question God and God’s wisdom and God’s decisions. And finally that God gets to the point that we just read in Chapter 38 where God says “Who is this that darkens council by words without knowledge?” And then God says “I’m going to question you.” And that’s where all these questions come from.
You know a lot of times we can think we’re pretty smart and we know more about our lives and about God than maybe God would tell us in His Word. Think how arrogant that really is of us. Or maybe when we think that we can figure out where we all came from and what life is really all about just by ourselves and how smart we are. Even though people have come up with thousands of ideas.
It would be right of God to come to us and say “Who do you think you are?” “Who do you think you are questioning my knowledge?”
all knowing God
who has existed from eternity,
has chosen to come down to earth to be our Savior and has also chosen to reveal everything that we need to know about him,
how we relate to him,
where we came from,
what life is all about,
where we’re going.
The plans he has for us,
how he’s forgiven our sins,
how we rise again from the dead.
So many things God in His Word has chosen to come and reveal to us and we should just close our mouths and in humble faith say
“Lord thank you for giving me your word and giving me your truth. Helped me to simply obey it, believe it, and trust in it. Amen.”