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!