Though my work through Job concludes today, I struggle to find a piece of Scripture to focus in on.
In chapter 38, the Lord speaks to Job out of a storm. As the dialogue in chapter 38 begins, each word is engulfed with descriptions of God’s power and sovereignty. As the verses continue, intricately detailed word-pictures of His creation are beautifully painted.
This continues further through chapter 39 as well and it’s so hard not to want more. At the start of chapter 40, there is a small break in the Lord’s discourse and Job gets an opportunity to comment.
“The LORD said to Job: ‘Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Let him who accuses God answer him!’ Then Job answered the LORD: ‘I am unworthy—how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth. I spoke once, but I have no answer—twice, but I will say no more.’ Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm: ‘Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’” (Job 40:1-7)
Immediately following this statement, the Lord picks up right where He left off. However, this time being even more descriptive about two specific creations.
First, at the end of chapter 40, the Lord speaks of the behemoth, describing the creature as having a tail that sways like a cedar. (Many people believe this describes some species of dinosaur.) Secondly, in chapter 41 He speaks of the leviathan, which quite accurately describes a sea-dwelling dragon of some sort.
This brings up a huge conversation for the evolutionist on whether or not man and dinosaur walked this earth together. However, we won’t dive into that this morning; but instead get back to the text at hand.
Finally, chapter 42 of Job reveals and concludes all. Job begins by responding to his Sovereign Lord with these words:
“‘I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’ My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.”” (Job 42:2-6)
After Job’s response, we see that God takes care of Job’s worthless friends. Then, He restores and blesses Job beyond everything that he ever had, including a new wife and ten children. A truly incredible passage of Scripture!
As I conclude, my mind wanders to a good friend who has caused me to question whether or not Job’s new family could really fulfill his longing for the one he lost. Perhaps, this is why the passage notes Job’s siblings coming to comfort him after his ordeal. Perhaps, this was a pivotal time of mourning. Surely, these siblings would have also mourned the passing of their sister (in-law) and her children.
However, Job was a man beyond the righteousness of most men today. A man like Job, who never doubted God’s plan during such a great time of sorrow, would likely not doubt God’s provision for the future. Perhaps, Job thought of his situation as living two equally fulfilling lives, one before the sorrow and one after.
Originally posted at QuietMorningsWithHim.com by Jeremy Norton.