Scripture Reading: Job 40:3-42:17 / Matthew 25:14-46 / Psalm 18:43-50
What would the world look like if you were God? Would you eradicate evil, erase poverty and eliminate sickness? Some would make the world a pure, safe and prosperous place for all people. Others would pass great judgment on the defiant, cruel, abusive and persecutor. The world might look different if we were God.
Some would not want to be God because the job is “too big” yet we often find ourselves as a “back seat driver” or “advisor” giving God directions on life. Wanting to be God isn’t always manifested with a superior or flaunting attitude. Often times it is subtle: maybe not wanting to “be God” but desiring to “be in control”.
We find times where life is “out of control” and in trying to find answers, gain understanding and turn things around; we lose confidence and trust in God. Job was a man described by God as perfect, blameless and one who despised evil. Job’s life was turned upside down and through his struggles, he longed to have a face-to-face talk with God. Job wanted to know “why” and have God explain Himself.
Job challenged God and God responded by speaking to Job out of a whirlwind. God asked Job 60 rapid-fire questions about Job’s involvement in creation, authority in nature, knowledge of the universe and his wisdom concerning the mysteries of life. The Lord said to Job, “Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Let him who accuses God answer him!” (Job 40:2)
Job was speechless as his confidence and boldness dissolved in God’s mighty presence. “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.” (vs.4,5) Job was broken, humbled and didn’t have any response but God wasn’t finished, “Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.” (vs.7)
God questioned how a man made of the ground of dust, clay, and dirt could make himself strong and beautiful. Could Job deck himself with excellency and power? In the midst of delusion, disease and death, could Job’s right hand save himself? God said, “Let’s see you do it!” Man’s pride leads him to believe he does not need God. Job lost sight of God and His divine wisdom, compassion and truth.
God never answers the “why” questions of Job. God simply revealed Himself to Job and that was sufficient to bring understanding, perspective and brokenness in his life. God doesn’t forsake us during the difficult and trial times of life but he perfects us through those times. The long, exhaustive and crippling times of life came to an end for Job. To everyone’s surprise and especially Job’s, “The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first.” (42:12) The key to Job’s perspective: He not only saw God but he saw himself as God saw him. Job didn’t need answers for his “whys”, he needed an encounter with God. Good news… God still speaks today!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!