Job’s Lesson

Job had some questions for God. The majority of his book is an argument between Job and his friends about what God was doing or not doing, and what he should be doing.

Job thought he had a pretty good case for himself, and he longed for the opportunity to stand face to face with God and have God explain himself.

When God finally spoke to Job, he started with a question. “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?”

With all of his bravado and certainty regarding the correctness of his view, the truth was, Job didn’t know what he was talking about. He had no knowledge of what God was actually doing nor why.

So God asked him a series of questions. Things like:
Have you ever commanded the sun to come up?
Have you ever commanded the clouds to send rain?
Have you ever commanded the rain to cease?
Have you ever directed the lightning to strike here but not there?

And many more besides. At the end of all the questions, Job could only reply,
“I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?
Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.”

May we have the wisdom to learn from Job.