Today’s Scripture: Job 38
By: Joshua Stowe
For thirty-seven chapters, Job has sought a word from the Lord. After losing his life’s work and his children, Job wants to know where God is and what God has to say about all of this. Job has been faithful. But has God? Has God seen the pain and heard the cries? Does God even care?
Then, without notice, God breaks the silence. But the message isn’t exactly what we might expect. God doesn’t address Job’s pain and loss. God doesn’t offer words of comfort or consultation. Instead, God wants to know where Job was when the foundations of the world were laid. God wants to know what influence Job ultimately has over the depths of the sea, over the skies above, or over the earth below. What about the the winds and weather? Does Job set the courses of the sun, moon, and stars?
As interesting as all this might be, God’s response seems a little odd. Even God’s tone sounds a bit off. So what is God doing here? God is helping Job find His way. When we are in the middle of our pain, words of comfort sound hollow. So I suppose God doesn’t doesn’t offer them here. Instead, Job is reminded how big God really is. So no matter what happens, God is still there. No matter how much we lose, God never loses us. Even in silence, God is listening. And “out of the storm” (vs. 1), God speaks to us, meeting us at our points of need and places of brokenness.