Aug. 17. The Lord Speaks to Job

Job 38:1-41:34

“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?” Job had asked to speak directly with God. That desire was fulfilled as God spoke to him from a whirlwind. He asked Job a lengthy series of rhetorical questions designed to make him realize his lack of understanding of God and all of His creation. God—not man has control and dominion over all nature. One cannot reasonably consider those questions and continue to justifiably believe that all of God’s creation just happened by chance. Nothing nor no one but a divine Creator could have possibly spoken all of those things with their perfect timing and coordination into existence. No! Job was neither present nor even a thought of man at that time.

Since Job had vehemently proclaimed his innocence and intimated that God had been unfair, He asked Job if he were in a position to correct Him. His reply was. “Behold, I am vile; What shall I answer You…” He failed to completely renounce his previous statements, but would have nothing more to say about the subject.

God challenged Job to sit in His place and oversee the affairs of the world. Many of us are sometimes haughty and bold in our speech until being faced with the reality of our attitudes. Job was finally made to recognize the folly of his charges against God and he reacted in humility.