Following the discourses of Job, his three friends and Elihu, the next voice is that of the Master. The Lord Jehovah appears unexpectedly in a whirlwind. He is heard by Job, his three friends, and Elihu. Job is about to discover how limited human wisdom is, apart from revelation!
God asks Job several simple questions about the universe and its operation. He begins with creation; then turns to inanimate nature, the snow, hail, rain, and ice. He next asks about animal life. After all the heart-searching questions God put to Job, He then demanded a reply. And Job said, "Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will ay mine hand upon my mouth. Once have I spoken; but I will not answer; yea, twice; but I will proceed no further." It is obvious from these words that Job fell before the Lord in humble repentance. When his friends had spoken to him and tried to reprove him, he became incensed with their arguments. However, realizing the truth of all God had said, Job was brought face to face with himself before his Lord. He was silenced as he realized his own sinfulness.
Job had no answer for his complaining. Indeed, he had to realize that his circumstances were ordered by the Lord. It is true that when one knows the Lord and follows Him, whatever befalls him may be received and respected as God's will. God makes no mistakes. He is Almighty, He is Sovereign. In Isaiah 45 He declares six times, "I am the Lord, and there is none else." What a lesson for us today! That we might fully realize that He is the Lord. Were we to do so, we would not worry. And how ridiculous that, as believers, we do fret and worry. Our God created the heavens and the earth, and all that is within the scope of the universe. Beyond that, He offers to provide our every need. How foolish that, as Christians, we fail to trust in His grace and providence!
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