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Monday, January 30, 2012

Got Questions

Job 38:1 thru Job 40:5

We are winding down our time with Job.  I hope you picked up on the fact that we have read countless questions Job has had for God over the past 11 days and yet when God answered Job in the whirlwind (38:1) that He didn’t really answer Job’s questions at all.  In fact today alone we read over 50 questions God had for Job.

Job did not have his favorite verses in the Bible (seeing as it was not written yet) to tie his faith in God to, so God has taken Job on a little tour through creation; from cosmology, oceanography, meteorology, astronomy and zoology. 

Here’s how Robert J Morgan sums up our reading today…

God just said, “Job, you are boxed into your limited perspective of suffering, but lift up your eyes.  Look at the earth beneath you, the world around you, the stars above you.  I created all these things, and I do all things well.  I know what I am doing.  I know how to take care of you, and you can trust Me even if you can’t understand My ways at any given moment.”

All Job has wanted was for God to speak to him and explain why he was going through such difficult times.

God does speak, but He has not said even one word about Job’s suffering or problems.  Instead God tells Job to look around at the wonder and the mystery of the universe; all that God governs and has made. 

God is trying to get Job to see that if He can create and sustain all that Job's eyes are seeing, then surely he can trust God enough to know that God knows what He is doing and has his best interest at heart.

Jesus said it like this in Matthew 6,

 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?...

Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you.

Job is now beginning to realize that he needs more than answers; he needs the God who holds the answers.

So do we.

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