God, What Are You Trying to Teach Me? | Job 42:1-6
Then Job replied to the LORD: "I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. You asked, 'Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?' Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. "You said, 'Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.' My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes."
After tragedy struck Job’s life, he moved into the natural and normal period of questioning. Then, as we saw in yesterday’s passage, God rescued Job from the downward spiral and refocused his vision. Job was looking at his situation; God said—time to look at Me. With his eyes on the person and character of God, today’s passage records his response.
First, Job proclaims God’s omnipotence. His power enables him to do anything He desires to do. Secondly, Job proclaims God incomprehensibility. God acts in ways our puny human minds simply cannot grasp. Yes, even in tragedy there are things “too wonderful for [us] to know.” Thirdly, Job proclaims God’s revelation. Job moved from knowledge about God to seeing and experiencing God. This overwhelming knowledge moved him to repentance. Job’s heart turned from himself to God.
If you are going through a difficult situation, let me remind you that this change of heart doesn’t happen overnight. It is part of the healing process, and God gives us some space to ask our questions. Also, it is not so clear cut as “now I’m in the questioning phase,” “now I am in the proclaiming God’s character phase.” Questions and faith weave in and out of our emotions just as our laughter turns into tears and vice versa. But just as in the grieving process, tears, while they may never go away, become less and less, so questions, while they may never go away, are taken over by the strong pattern of trust and faith. So…keep looking to Him…even through your tears. Keep talking to Him…even with your questions.
Father, be a special comfort today to the person going through a great challenge. Hold them close to You. Help them to experience Your presence. In Christ’s Name. Amen.