Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Look who's talking now! Job 38:2-7

Finally, it's God's turn to speak. Up till now, Job has been crying out, challenging God, and asking for an opportunity to present his case before God. Up till now, Job has been so confident that he would be found innocent before God, but in an instant, with a single word from God, all that changes.
"Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?" (Job 38:2)
God does not mince words. He rebukes Job for his arguments. God testifies against Job that he has spoken with out knowledge. Job had tried to defend himself in matters he did not understand. Job thought he understood, but he spoke without knowledge and his foolish talk only served to obscure God's true counsel. "If anyone supposes that he knows anything, he has not yet known as he ought to know; but if anyone loves God, he is known by Him." (1 Corinthians 8:2-3) What Job had "not yet known as he ought" is that wisdom does not come from knowledge, but rather from our relationship with God. As we love Him more, we gain insight and understanding of the world He created.
"Now gird up your loins like a man, and I will ask you, and you instruct Me!" (Job 38:3)
God is ready to go toe-to-toe with Job and, somehow, I get the feeling that God is going to win. What amazes me about this scripture is the Love that God has for Job. If I were God, I probably would have said about Job, "forget about him, he's not worth it!" But God loved Job enough to confront him and to turn him from his foolish ways. "He who withholds his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him diligently." (Proverbs 13:24) If God did not love us so much, He would just leave us to our own devices. But He does love and care for us and will do all He can to restore us back to Himself.
"Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding, who set its measurements? Since you know. Or who stretched the line on it? On what were its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?" (Job 38:4-7)
God reminds Job that He was the one who created all there is, not Job. Being the creator is at the heart of what it means to be God. God is God because He created everything. And only God is wise enough and strong enough to establish the world and all it contains. God paints a picture of how glorious it was when He first created the heavens and the earth, "the morning stars sang together..." Lucifer was referred to as the "star of the morning" (Isaiah 14:12) God tells us that, at the creation of the universe, the cherubim sang together and the angles shouted for joy. What a glorious event that must have been. I would have very much liked to have been there just to watch, but I wasn't. God is the creator, and I am not...

David Robison

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