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 shall answer me." (Job 38:1-3 NIV)
I had a friend say to me recently "You'll have 'arrived' when you order a double-tall caramel macchiatto". :) To give you a little background, I have within the last several months been trying to drink some form of coffee so I can be "cool" if I socialize at Starbucks or any other local coffeehouse of choice. And yes, I have finally "arrived". :) If only "arriving" in a spiritual or even worldly sense would have been so easy!
But we never "arrive" in life spiritually or physically do we? Life is a process. I've found that the more I know, the more I know how much I don't know. And as I read the words found in Job 38:1-3 above, I cringe when I think about what I would do if all of a sudden God spoke to me in the same manner as He addressed Job. God had been silent through all of Job's complaining and all of the counselors' speeches as if waiting for just the right moment to come onto the scene. I think I've heard from God a few times say to me "Janna, who do you think you are?" Have you heard God in this way? If you haven't, maybe you've been too busy talking and not been doing enough listening.
In the 38th Chapter of Job, when God finally speaks out of the whirlwind, He asks 49 questions of Job before Job responds. Without listing each question, I'll just say that each one of them would put any of us in our lowly place in a heartbeat. Check them out if you need a dose of humility this morning and pretend that God is asking them of you! But brace yourself!
After these first 49 questions, God pauses to give Job another chance to speak:
The LORD said to Job: "Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Let him who accuses God answer him!
Then Job answered the LORD: "I am unworthy - how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth. I spoke once, but I have no answer - twice, but I will say no more.
(Job 40:1-5 NIV)
I wouldn't want to be Job. God wasn't yet finished with the lecture, and apparently wasn't yet satisified with Job's response as God once again told Job to brace himself and be ready to respond. I can't help but put myself in Job's place here. Ouch. I'd be shakin' in my sandals. How would you respond?
I'm going to close here with some questions. Don't worry, there won't be more than a few, unlike God's barrage to Job. In my next post, we'll finish up Job and take a look at Job's final answer.
Questions for a proper perspective:
1) How often do I question God's plans for me? Do I have a right to?
2) How often do I really sit and ponder how awesome and powerful God really is?
3) How often do I think I have things "all figured out"?