Job 38: God Begins His Response
Job wanted an answer from God, and in Job 38, God has indeed come down to talk to Job out of a whirlwind. Here is how he began the conversation.
Job 38:1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
Job 38:2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
Job 38:3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
Verse two most likely refers to Job. He has been receiving some good advice from his friends, albeit delivered in the wrong way. Although I admit that I have been critical of his friends for their treatment of him, what they said was generally not wrong. Their main error was the assumption that Job must have sinned, but if he had sinned, most of their counsel would have been right on the mark. Beyond that, even within their misguided advice, I had tried to point out where they did say things that were true about God. They had a good sense of His character.
Now, God is saying that since you really don’t have much knowledge about what you are talking about and are ignoring counsel, let me ask you some questions. The rest of the chapter kind of goes like this.
Job 38:4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
The rest of the chapter is a list of things that God has done. God continues speaking right up until the final chapter when we hear Job respond, but even at this point, we can kind of see where this is going.
One of Job’s main complaints was that he wanted to know what was going on. He wants an answer from God as to why he is suffering in this fashion.
Through this chapter, Job still doesn’t have any answer, but God is basically asking Job if he has any of these answers either. Obviously, as humans we are incredibly limited in our knowledge of the universe and the things of God, and I think that is why God is making this point.
He is asking Job why he is bothering to question what He is doing. He handles all of this other stuff in the universe, so why can’t God watch over one human life?
We will see this develop more, and perhaps that final statement will change, but that is where I have to imagine this statement by God is going to end up going.