God, What Are You Trying to Teach Me? | Job 40:6-8
Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm: "Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. "Would you discredit my justice? Would you condemn me to justify yourself?
In our passage today God, amazingly, turns the tables. Usually we are the ones asking God “Why?” but speaking “out of the storm” God begins to pepper Job with some questions of His own. Anytime God begins His part of the conversation with “Brace yourself like a man” you better know that God has something to say and He wants you to hear it.
What comes across as rapid fire from God is not meant to harm, but to heal. When we wallow in the “Wh’s” we can never move to a place where God can be seen clearly for who He is. Our questions blur the vision of God’s person and character. God has given Job some time to ask the natural and normal questions related to personal tragedy. Now, His stern statement “Brace yourself like a man” calls Job from a downward spiral to forward movement. To let Job continue in his spiritual questioning and misery would be unloving. God, who is all-loving, desires to take us to a place of comfort and healing. He has to get our attention back on Him for that to happen.
There are a couple important takeaways from this passage. First, our questioning of God is natural and normal. I cannot even imagine not asking some form of the “Why” question when tragedy hit. We are, after all, made of human stuff. Secondly, God not only saves us for eternity; He saves us from ourselves. He gently (or in Job’s case not so gently) takes us by the shoulders, lifts up our head, dries our tears and says, “Okay, enough questions from you, my turn.” That “Brace yourself like a man” loving act directs our attention back to Him. And that’s where we want our attention to be. After all, He is the only one who is going to get us through the challenging days ahead.
Lord, I pray for the individual going through a great challenge. If the time is right today, lift their head and focus their attention back onto You. And may the healing begin. In Christ’s Name. Amen.