January 23, Reading 2 – Job 38, 39

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SAA Notes

Job 38:2 refers to all five men! But Job knows that it refers to him. The Lord is dealing with him face to face! God does not answer Job question as to why this has happened. What God does is reveal His glory, wonder and goodness to Job through the natural creation.

SJA Notes

Here we are! After thirty-seven odd chapters of Job and his friends debating – God enters the fray!

“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me.”

How good is this to hear! I mean, on the outside, maybe not. Maybe it seems a little odd, a little unsettling.

Because it should!

There are two wonderful important truths that leapt out at me reading God’s words here.

One. Who God is.

Two. Who we are.

God has shut in the sea with doors. We have not.

God has commanded the morning since the days began. We have not.

God has determined the measurements of the earth, laid its foundation, sunk its bases and laid its cornerstone. We have not!

These are truths that should strengthen and encourage us, as well as strike at pride and arrogance.

Remember chapter 1, where we have the heavenly council, the realities that sit apart from our perception.

This is the God who rules both heaven and earth! He was there when the morning stars sang together, and He is our God, working for us!

We don’t have to, indeed we cannot even try, to take on that kind of authority and power in our lives. God is our strength, our refuge, our very present help in trouble!

Praise God. Praise Him. These chapters are such a wonderful trove of humbling knowledge and insight into who God is (and reflectively who we are).


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