Job 40

By my count, God asked Job 42 questions in chapters 38 and 39. All those questions revealed the limitations of Job’s understanding and his utter inferiority compared to the majesty of Almighty God. Surely Job was getting the point of the interrogation: God didn’t owe him an explanation for his suffering — and even if God did explain why Job was enduring such hardship, the man probably wouldn’t understand the explanation. Job had questioned God and demanded answers, but he was regretting that now. He still didn’t understand his troubles, but the fact that God is supremely good, perfectly wise, and eternally loving would have to be enough.

In this chapter, God asks a 43rd question of Job (v.2), “Shall a faultfinder (a critic) contend with the Almighty?” God is using divine sarcasm here: “If you are arguing with Me and criticizing My decisions, you must have all the answers — so let’s hear them!” But Job had been humbled: “I am so small; I have no answers; I have said too much already” (v.3-5). But God kept pressing, putting Job in his place once and for all. As a man — even a very good man — he was in no position to condemn God (v.8).

Job was speaking to the God whose voice is like thunder, drowning out all others (v.9); the God whose majesty, dignity, and glory is unparalleled (v.10); the God who alone has the right and the authority to pass judgment on mankind (v.11-13). Job had to admit, “God, you are God…and I am not.”

We need to come to the same conclusion. God’s ways are good even when I don’t understand them. God’s timing is perfect even when He seems too slow. God’s sovereign will is being accomplished even when I don’t see how. God is love even when I don’t feel it. God is in control even when my life seems out of control. God is God and I am not — and that is enough.

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