The scripture for today is Job 38:1-4
Job 38:1-4 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now your loins like a man; for I will demand of you, and you answer me. Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if you have understanding.
Job had all of the attributes of one who is in proper fellowship with God. He is declared by God Himself to be “a blameless and an upright man, one that fears God, and turns away from evil?” But nevertheless, God permitted Job to be “tried in the fire” as his trust in God was put to the most grueling test.
When he was afflicted, those around him who previously held him in admiration held him in disdain. His three friends turned into three accusers. They blamed him for his condition. It never occurred to them that Job needed comfort and support. Job, who in his previous state of prosperity, was greater than them all; but now he, in their opinion, is beneath them. They offer no comfort; they heap accusation and condemnation upon him. But what Job needed more than the comfort of his friends was the strength and wisdom of the LORD. While Job did not abandon His faith in God, he responded to the accusations of his friends with self-justification rather than God glorification. Admittedly, Job provides us an example of faith and patience through severe testing, but we also learn from Job how not to respond to false accusations. Our focus must never be upon ourselves, but always on God.
When all had had their say, God Himself spoke to a self-justifying Job. “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if you have understanding.” The question posed to Job stopped him in his intellectual tracks. A man, in his utter smallness, is completely unable to reason or understand the infinite intelligence, power, and greatness of Almighty God. With one question, God put Job under arrest and began to teach Him wisdom.
The same question could be asked of everyone who discounts God and continues their self-justified lives as if mankind held the reservoir of wisdom and knowledge. That question puts us all on notice; we are finite, created beings; God is the Creator; He laid the foundations of the earth and all that we see in His marvelous universe is the work of His hands. If everyone would, from the heart, consider God’s question to Job, the process of reconciliation to God could begin. Let us pray to that end and, just as God spoke to Job, may He speak to many hearts today.
God bless you as you continue in His service.