Job 38

In Today's Reading:

Elihu's speech interrupted by God; God's challenge to Job; man's weakness and ignorance; Job humbled

Is it any surprise that God interrupted Elihu's speech and answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? (Job 38:1-2).

For the first time since his suffering started, Job began hearing words of comfort rather than condemnation. When the God of love said: Gird up now thy loins like a man (38:3), He seemed to be saying: "Step out of the ashes; you have suffered long enough; you have proven Satan a liar; get ready to move a little closer to Me. I'm not as far away from you as it seemed when you said: I cannot perceive Him. . . . I cannot see Him (23:8-9). I want you to see that I, and I alone, control the vast universe and yet am greatly concerned with even the smallest detail of your life."

The second statement of God to Job was equally comforting: I will demand of thee, and answer thou Me (38:3). The Lord was saying to Job: "You no longer have to listen to the insults of cruel men, for I am in control and will reveal to you the most amazing wisdom concerning the universe ever given to mankind." First, God wanted Job to consider the limitations of his own wisdom compared to the wisdom of the One who created the universe: Canst thou bind the sweet influences (chains) of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? (38:31). God asked Job about 60 questions in this first cycle of conversation (38:1 — 40:2), and over 80 questions altogether (38 — 41). The wisest astronomer can't explain or change one star in the marvelous array of Pleiades, one of the most beautiful clusters of stars.

The Mighty God, who created the universe, also created us, cares for us, patiently listens to our prayers, and provides us with what is best for us in the light of our eternal destination. We need to see how unqualified we are to question His wisdom. Nothing is unforeseen and no one is overlooked, slighted, or left out by our Heavenly Father. He imparts inner strength and sustains us by His indwelling Holy Spirit.

God's words to the Apostle Paul were also for us: My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in (perfects your) weakness (II Corinthians 12:9).

Christ Revealed:

As the One who laid the foundations of the earth (Job 38:4). By Christ, God created our universe (Hebrews 1:1-2; also John 1:1-3).

Word Studies:

38:9 swaddlingband =b> wrapping; 38:12 dayspring =b> dawn; 39:9 unicorn =b> wild ox; 40:21 fens =b> marshes.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for Government Official: Gov. George Pataki (NY) · Country: Belarus (10 million) in northeastern Europe · Major languages: Belarussian and Russian · Religious freedom · 48% Russian Orthodox; 22% Roman Catholic; 1% Protestant; 1% Jewish · Prayer Suggestion: Put on God's whole armor so that you may be able to successfully stand up against Satan's evil attacks (Ephesians 6:11).

Optional Reading: Philippians 1

Memory Verse for the Week: Psalms 1:2