Nobody ever received a chewing out like Job. Job complained bitterly about his painful circumstances to his less than helpful friends, who accused Job of pride, vanity, hypocrisy, deceit and bribery, among other things. They also made it clear that only a wicked man, full of iniquity, would experience the sufferings of Job. Now, add to that God’s tongue lashing and we have the makings of a Guinness world record for the most berated man in history.
Job, where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Hmm? Job, do you understand the ordinances of heaven? Can you create lightening? Did you create the wings of the peacock? Did you give horses their strength? God asked Job over 60 questions demonstrating His power, His presence and His knowledge.
The application I usually took away from this was God does not have to explain Himself. He knows what He is doing. He is God and I am not and neither are you.
But then it occurred to me last night as I read God’s words to Job: (Let me paraphrase here) ‘Job, I command the constellations and control the beasts of the earth from the greatest to the dumbest (Ostrich comes to mind). I am intimately acquainted with everything that happens in nature and in the affairs of men. (Now, for poetic license) Yes, you have encountered trouble in your life of late and yes, much of what you complained about was valid—except for the part where you doubted My justice—but remember who I am and what I am capable of. If I am all powerful, all present and all knowing, surely I am capable of restoring your soul, no matter how wounded or tormented.
When God trumpets His attributes, it is not to boast, not to intimidate and not to defend Himself, but to bring comfort. Justice will prevail, goodness will triumph, mercy will rejoice and truth will be trumpeted in God’s perfect time and in God’s perfect way. In the meantime my task is to learn to trust Him “though He slay me.” Job 13:15.