Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me if you understand. Job 38:4
Whenever I wander into the book of Job, I want to rush past Job’s problems and his so called friends. The meat of the book is at the end, in my opinion. To recap briefly, God gave Satan freedom to do anything he wanted to Job except to take his life. Satan said that Job would deny God in the end. Then Job’s “friends” ridicule and harassed Job day after day. God has heard enough.
He rebukes the Job (and the other three by extension) by walking them through creation:
- Who marked off the seasons?
- Who shut up the sea behind doors?
- Have you ever given orders to the morning?
- Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep?
- Have you entered the storehouses of the snow?
- Do you know the laws of the heavens?
- Does the rain have a father?
- Can you raise your voice to the clouds?
It’s a fascinating chapter to read on its own but in the context of these four men, it makes profound sense. It wasn’t about us. It rarely is.
God is in charge. When the world is crumbling around us, that is the one truth we can cling to. Some times it’s the only thing we can cling to.