Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind: “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me. “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone when the morning stars sang together and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy? “Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb? — when I made the clouds its garment, and thick darkness its swaddling band, and prescribed bounds for it, and set bars and doors, and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stopped’?
Food For Thought:
The Book of Job has always been one of my favorite books in the Hebrew Scriptures. I think it is partly because of the rag tag of characters in the book. We have Job, a faithful servant of God that is tested by God and Satan to see if he will renounce his faith. Then we have his friends (if you would even call them that) that tell Job he must have done something wrong to bring all this suffering upon himself. It’s an interesting story. But this is one of my favorite passages in the book. God is responding to Job about who is he to question God and this beautiful piece of poetry is written here. There is a long list of the amazing things that God has done since the beginning of the earth. If you were to write a list of ten amazing things about God, what would they be?
Eternal One, whose thoughts and ways are not ours, you alone are God — awesome, holy, and most high. School us in the ways of faith and wisdom, that we, like Job, may learn to truly see and hear, and in humility find blessing. In your precious name we pray, Amen.