Your sitting in a dark room with only a faint light above your head, there are no windows. It is cold and damp, you feel like you have been through a storm, you don’t know how you got there and can’t see a way out. Unexpectedly out of nowhere you hear a loud thundering voice call out to you “Brace yourself like and man; I will question you, and you shall answer me”. Your heart is pounding, the questioning begins. One question after another, questions you don’t have answers for, questions that force you to examine who your really are.
Job was in the hot seat. God questioned Job about things that surpassed his knowledge and understanding. Each question had a grand purpose, not just to put Job in his proper place but to reveal the ultimate glorious power of a sovereign God. Job may have felt like he was on trial and really I believe he was, God used these questions to draw out the ultimate truth in Job’s life, the truth that he was nothing without God, the truth that God was in full control of everything in heaven and on earth.
As I read through these questions it makes me feel small and insignificant in comparison to God. These questions help draw me into a place of worship. Reading, seeing and hearing of the magnificent wonders that God has created and controls in and above the earth leaves me in awe and wonder. Genesis records the account of how God created the world, an inspiring story on it’s own but here in Job 38-41 we are given details of the very nature of God’s hand in the mechanics of the world today. This moment in history, these questions should inspire us to worship God. Job replied to the Lord: “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted” (42:2). God has a plan, a purpose for our lives. That plan might include suffering, trials, temptations or on the flip-side it could include joy, peace and happiness. Whatever the circumstance of life, we are called to worship God in all his glory, splendor, honor and majesty.