Jan. 24. The Lord Speaks; Job Repents and Is Restored

Job 38:1-42:17

“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.

“I know that You can do everything…I have uttered what I did not understand…I have heard of You…But now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes.” His repentance was not for the wickedness that his friends had falsely stated, but for his attitude of arrogance toward God. Man will suffer afflictions during his lifetime. It is imperative that he maintain a proper attitude during those trials.

After Job’s statement of repentance, God turned His attention to his three friends. He was angry with them because they had spoken wrongly against Job. The Lord commanded them to offer a burnt offering and to allow Job to pray for them to avoid punishment for their folly.

As for Job, he had passed the test. His losses were restored twice as much as he had before. He had seven sons, three daughters as before and many thousands of livestock. Job lived one hundred and forty more years and was able to see four generations of children and grandchildren. “So Job died, old and full of days.”

“All’s well that ends well” is a well-known expression of men. It is stated to a greater degree in Rom. 8:23. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” As Job was, one is highly prone to fail to recognize that truth because God does not work according to man’s thoughts and desires nor according to his time table. However, in His time and maybe unknown to anyone else, His good will be accomplished.