January 21, 2022 - Job 40-42
Humility can be a very difficult pill to swallow! A litany of questions that have no answers can cause a man to recognize how small he really is in the universe! I have stated and believe it more firmly each day that, "the older I get, the more I realize how little I know!"
Job came to this point of being aware of his ignorance as God revealed Himself, and His complete control of all creation. God's questions were not designed to belittle Job or stop his desire to speak and discuss crucial items with God. Instead, it developed a new assurance and deeper appreciation of the God Job had served for so long.
Not only is Job deeply impacted by this revelation of God and His character, but his friends are suddenly confronted for their erroneous statements. They are commanded to come before Job and have him pray for them. Vindication and revenge have no room here as Job realized how much he had been forgiven.
While the life of Job is rebuilt and many of the elements of his life are restored, Job is a changed man. Fortune, land, respect, and prosperity all returned to Job. Many children also were born to him, and his life was filled with more than he had ever had. Yet Job was different because of seeing his God differently.
When the Lord speaks and works in our lives nothing is ever the same. The crucible of suffering made Job even more mindful of God's power and presence. May we like Job and Peter in the New Testament say, "After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To Him be dominion forever and ever" (1 Peter 5: 10-11).
With an Expectant Hope,