Bible Reading: Job 42:1-6; Proverbs 2:6
I love old sayings that we continue to use today, especially when they are more true than people realize. Back home, when a person was being asked continuous questions (like your child constantly asking “Why?”), they would get frustrated and say, “God only knows!” It may be venting frustration, but it is incredibly accurate! There is so much going on in this world, that often times we find ourselves throwing our hands up and saying, “Only God knows!”
The book of Job gives us so much insight and wisdom into the wisdom of God. Satan rocked Job’s world by robbing Job of all of his worldly riches, by killing Job’s seven children, and by wrecking Job’s health. Job is left to suffer alone, until his three friends came along to help. The problem: Job’s friends did not help at all! They did not possess godly wisdom, and they blamed Job for his own misfortune. They said that Job must have sinned to bring all of the pain and suffering into his life. Job, on the other hand, argues for his innocence and longs for the opportunity to defend himself to God. Finally, God shows up and instructs Job and his three friends on the wisdom of God. God tells Job about His wisdom in creating the whole earth and everything on it. God goes into details regarding specific creatures He made, and the great care He took in all of His work. Only after making His sovereignty, power and wisdom known to Job does God give Job the moment to speak. Only now, Job is humbled and almost speechless.
In Job 42:2-3, Job says to God, “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.” God is patient, kind and gentle with His people, but also will not tolerate His creation questioning His wisdom and love. Job had questioned the wisdom and authority of God, and now Job saw his mistake. After hearing and understanding who God was and what God had done, Job realized that he actually had no clue of what he was talking about. Job confesses in verses 5-6 that he had heard about God before all of this happened, but now he truly saw God for the first time. He had faith in God, but now Job’s faith had eyes to see.
Call to Action: Somehow, we are quick to question God. We experience a difficult trial, or many trials, and we feel like we have a case to bring against God. However, we would be wise to remember who God is, and our relationship to Him. He is holy, and we are not. He is all-knowing, and we are not. He is all-powerful, and we are not. He created and sustains all things, and we do not. Proverbs 2:6 reminds us that, “the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” All that we have and all that we know is all thanks to God. God is so kind as to not humiliate us for our lack of understanding, and our foolish pride. Instead, God humbles and matures us. As we grow to know and understand more of who God is, our faith and trust in Him grows. We no longer feel the need to justify ourselves to Him, but instead we fully surrender to Him.
In light of these things, reflect on how you relate to God. Do you try to instruct God, or tell Him how things should be? Or do you submit to Him, and trust Him for all things? Take some time to reflect on your relationship with God. I pray it would lead us to be humble in how we approach Him, and may our hearts be filled with gratefulness and thanksgiving.