Let’s look at a couple more “absurd” questions found in the book of Job. After Job spent time with his so-called comforters, God came on the scene and peppered Job with more than seventy questions. (Read Job 38-42). Remember, an absurd question often encourages a response of “No way!” However, God’s questions are more than absurd–they’re questions that were intended to bring perspective. When He first appeared on the scene, the Lord challenged, “Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge?” (38:2). The Lord certainly has a way with words, doesn’t He? God spoke in a clear, distinctive voice and stunned Job and his friends into utter silence:
- Can you set up God’s dominion over the earth? Job 38:33
- Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him? Job 40:2
- Do you have an arm like God’s and can voice thunder like His? Job 40:9
One can almost hear the loud echo of His words as they shoot out of the storm and pierce into the heart. These questions make me shrink into smallness compared to His hugeness!
Now, take it home. . .
- What effect do God’s questions to Job have on you?
- How can one maintain a proper perspective of the greatness of God–especially when facing a challenging trial?
(Feel free to post your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you.)