Job isn’t one of the books of the Bible that people study a lot these days, but it’s quite a story. Now old Job was being tested, and for the most part he did really well through his trials but eventually he began to lose his strength and after doing so well for so long, he fell into a bit of a problem when he started questioning God about they way things were going for him. If you read the whole thing, you might think that old Job had a point when he began to question God, after all he had been through an awful lot, but in due course, God had heard enough from old Job. So, beginning in chapter 38, God answers Job’s complaints:
Then the Lord answered Job out of the storm. He said:
“Who is this that darkens my counsel
with words without knowledge?
Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.
“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone—
while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?
– Job 38:1-7
God’s reply continues until chapter 40 when God finally says:
“Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him?
Let him who accuses God answer him!”
– Job 40:2
If you haven’t read this passage in a while, you really should take a look; God is speaking to Job, but it could be addressed to any one of us. How smart we humans think we are, and yet what do we really know?
Well, old Job came to realize that he wasn’t really quite qualified to challenge God, and I daresay we aren’t either. Job responds in humility and is restored to his former position as a very blessed man. The same is true with us when we respond to God in humility, we can be restored to a very blessed relationship with Him.
There sure is one thing that we can take away from old Job’s story: It’s a really good idea for all men to just let God be God; it doesn’t really seem like He needs our help being God. Our job is to serve Him, not to challenge His authority!