Job was a broken man. He was struggling and suffering physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Unaware of Satan’s attack on him, God’s confidence in him, or the meaning of the test he was enduring, he cursed the day he was born. Job assumed that God had forsaken him and that his many years of faithfulness were for nothing. Adding to his depression were his friends, who came to console him but ended up berating him with accusations. They reasoned that Job’s suffering was actually punishment from God for some great sin (see chapters 3-37), but Job maintained his innocence. (Note: the speeches of Job’s friends contain elements of truth, but they are built on faulty assumptions.)
At long last, God spoke to Job “out of the whirlwind”. I can only guess at what that means, but the idea is the power of God’s voice and the force of His words. God opened with a convicting question for Job (v.2): “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?” Job had questioned God’s wisdom and demanded an explanation for his suffering, but God was about to reveal the depth of Job’s ignorance. Job needed to be reminded that he did not know enough about God’s ways to question them.
The series of questions in this chapter teaches the majesty and sovereignty of God over creation. By declaring His control over all He created, God was preparing Job to rest in His control and to have faith in His will.
Hearing the story of creation from God’s perspective is awesome. As the architect of our world, God measured and laid “the foundations of the earth” — the mantle and core beneath the earth’s crust (v.4-7). He determined the dimensions of the oceans, decided their depths and boundaries, and set the timing of the tides (v.8-11). God set the rhythm of daylight and darkness by spinning the earth at a certain speed and tilting the earth at a certain angle (v.13-15).
God controls what we can only observe and attempt to predict: the weather. He controls all the cloud formations, the weather patterns, the seasons, and the various forms of precipitation (v.22-30). He created the constellations of stars and controls their movements (v.31-33). God’s point in asking Job if he could comprehend and control these forces of nature was to reveal his weakness compared to God’s strength and to reveal his ignorance compared to God’s wisdom. The bottom line: Job was in no position to question motives or to demand explanations. He didn’t have an intellectual, philosophical, or theological leg to stand on. Like the snowflakes, the stars, and the photons of light, the man just needed to yield to God’s control.
Rest in God’s control today. Don’t worry; don’t be afraid. God’s got this.