Book: Proverbs 30
“Who but God goes up to heaven and comes back down? Who holds the wind in his fists? Who wraps up the oceans in his cloak? Who has created the whole wide world? What is his name – and his son’s name? Tell me if you know!”
This proverb could have been the summary statement for Job 38 where God asks Job similar questions.
In the first chapter of Job, God describes him, “He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless – a man of integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.” Wow, what a great compliment especially when we realize that it was not coming from a friend but God himself. Satan did not like this statement and so went after Job. Job lost his fortune, his family, and his health and yet he held on to God. Three ‘friends’ even spent time with him scolding him but he still held onto God.
Then in chapter 38 & 39 God asks Job some of these questions:
1) Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words?
2) Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
3) Who determined its dimensions and stretched out the surveying line?
4) Who kept the sea inside its boundaries as it burst from the womb and as I clothed it with clouds and wrapped it in thick darkness?
5) Have you ever commanded the morning to appear and caused the dawn to rise in the east?
6) Who sends rain to satisfy the parched ground and make the tender grass spring up?
7) Can you direct the movement of stars?
8) Do you know when the wild goats give birth?
9) Have you given the horse its strength or clothed its neck with a flowing mane?
10) Is it your wisdom that makes the hawk soar and spread its wings towards the south?
Job humbly responds to God, “I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you. You asked, ‘who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’ It is I – and I was talking about things I knew nothing about, things far to wonderful for me…” It was through this experience that Job could then say, “I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.” Job, the guy God gave a great compliment about in chapter 1, including that he feared God, goes through terrible experiences and comes out the other side with his faith strengthened. He had a much higher understanding of God and His wisdom. Job knew that God’s wisdom could not be challenged. The end result was God blessed him with more than he had before.
Take time to read through Job 1, 38-42 and ask the Lord to show you what He wants you to learn and understand. Share what you learn with someone else.