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Job 38-39


A Devotional Journey 
    led by Dr. Gene Pearson  
Thru the Bible in a Year
            Now God begins to answer.  Since the beginning, this is the most dramatic and important part of the book.  The section from chapter 38 through chapter 42 includes two speeches from God, each followed by a brief response from Job.  Elihu had anticipated God’s appearance in the storm or whirlwind (37:22).
            God’s challenges are ferocious:  “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? . . . . Have you ever given orders to the morning? . . . What is the way to the abode of light? . . . Surely you know! . . . Do you send lightning bolts on their way?”
            God addresses neither Job’s suffering nor his challenge to God’s justice.  There is no indictment or acquittal in God’s words; neither is there humiliation or condemnation.  The vindication of Job is implied in this and made clear in 42:7-8.  The sovereignty of God is found in the seemingly endless round or rhetorical questions hurled at Job and to which he must invariably plead ignorance.
            Both inanimate and animate creations testify to the power and sovereignty of God.  There is no other answer, no other possible explanation for the intricacies and mysteries involved.
            Do you ever question God’s justice or judgment?  Do you ever become angry at God?  A good exercise would be to read through chapters 38-42 of the book of Job and reconsider your motives, perspective and right to do so.
            Today ask God to help you trust Him in the dark as well as the light; to follow Him through the suffering as well as the blessings; and to witness to His grace when you feel it and when you long for it.
            As Christians we already know what God can do and has done in our lives.  The hard times are an opportunity to remember.
© A. Eugene Pearson 2010