God spoke to Job… To think that God is silent says more about our listening than it does his speaking. Our words, spoken without knowledge, obscure God’s plan and interrupt God’s voice. Today we ask for forgiveness from the God who gives orders to the morning…
1 Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:
2 “Who is this that obscures my plans
with words without knowledge?
3 Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.
4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
7 while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?
12 “Have you ever given orders to the morning,
or shown the dawn its place,
16 “Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea
or walked in the recesses of the deep?
17 Have the gates of death been shown to you?
Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?
24 What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed,
or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth?
41 Who provides food for the raven
when its young cry out to God
and wander about for lack of food?
26 “Does the hawk take flight by your wisdom
and spread its wings toward the south?
27 Does the eagle soar at your command
and build its nest on high?
1 The Lord said to Job:
2 “Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him?
Let him who accuses God answer him!”
Job 38:1-4, 7, 12, 16-17, 24, 41, 39:26-27, 40:1-2
God spoke to Job out of the storm. Has God spoken to you out of the storm before? I think quite often we are in the storm and can’t hear anyone or anything because of the sound of our own voices complaining and blaming and moaning. God speaks in every season. To think that God is silent says more about our listening than it does his speaking…
God spoke to Job.
And the first thing God said was, who obscures my plans with words without knowledge? And there it is. Our words, spoken without knowledge, obscure God’s plan. Our spin, which is based on our perspectives and our desires and our biases, clouds the plan and truth of God. Job did it. His friends did it.
We all try to represent and inevitably misrepresent God’s truth when we filter it through our lenses.
God then spends considerable time revealing to Job that God’s ways are higher than Job’s ways. From creation itself to the sustaining and ongoing care for creation, God directs all things. Not Job. Not humans. Get your heads out of your bums, people. We are arrogant to question and to judge the Lord Almighty.
This applies to Job and his friends and to you and me. God is God. We are not. Yet in our world of mass customization of goods, services, and beliefs, we fashion truth after ourselves. We conform to the pattern of our world instead of seeking the God who will transform us in Jesus Christ.
And so the Lord asks, “Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Let him who accuses God answer him!”
Over to you… over to me… anything left to say? I am humbled by God’s forbearance of arrogant little snots like me. Who am I? Today we bow to ask for forgiveness, Lord, for exalting self and competing with you. No competition. Will you forgive me? Will you forgive us?