Day 9: Brace Yourself!

Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm. He said, "Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you will answer me."

Job 38:1-2, NIV 


Uh oh! Have you ever been really mad at your boss? Maybe you had just had enough and you started "blowing off a little steam." Only once you got started, you just couldn't stop yourself. You got louder and louder, more and more specific, and you really let everyone know just what you thought of that boss of yours. And then, it happens! Your boss comes walking around the corner out of nowhere... and he hears you telling everyone that you just wish that he was present so that you could really tell him just what you think of him. So after he hears your complaints, he might say something along the lines of, "Well here I am, now. Why don't you tell us all what you think of me?"


As bad as a scenario like that would be, the situation Job found himself in was infinitely worse. He had just been telling all of his friends how unfair God had been to him and how he wished - just wished - that God would appear and then he, Job, would question God and God would answer him! Yes, that would really show Him... only it didn't work out quite the way that Job had imagined. God did in fact appear to Job and did in fact give him a chance to ask Him any questions he wanted to. Only before he did that, God displayed His mighty power with a small storm. Once He had Job's attention, God then proceeded to tell Job just a little bit about who Job was dealing with - the Creator of the Universe!


Have you ever thought that it would be nice to put God to the question? To explain to you just what He thought thought He was doing when He allowed you to experience some minor difficulty. Or maybe you would like to ask Him how a loving God could allow little children to starve in Africa! You know the attitude that I am talking about: It's the one that essentially has you saying in your mind's eye to God, "Do you know who I am?" 


But God does know who you are! And He knew who Job was! And He knows who He is and that He, though He loves us very much, does not owe any of us an explanation as to why we experience the things that we do. Job forgot this for a moment, and it cost him dearly. I think from time to time that I forget my relationship with God, and every time I do, it costs me dearly.


Do you remember Job's reply? It would do us all good to memorize it, lest we one day think that we would like to call God to account for the circumstances of our lives.


Then Job replied to the LORD, "I know that You can do all things; no plan of Yours can be thwarted.

You asked, 'Who is this that obscures My counsel without knowledge?'

Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know... Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes."

Job 42:1-6, NIV


Today is the 9th day of the 30 day challenge to read through the Old Testament's books of Wisdom, with Job 36-42 being the reading for today. May God richly bless your efforts as you seek to know Him better!