Job 38:34-38 (NKJV) “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, That an abundance of water may cover you? 35 Can you send out lightnings, that they may go, And say to you, ‘Here we are!’? 36 Who has put wisdom in the mind? Or who has given understanding to the heart? 37 Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven, 38 When the dust hardens in clumps, And the clods cling together?
“The Lord reveals His Omnipotence to Job” is the title, if you will, of chapter 38 in the Book of Job. Now, Job had ended his argument against God’s treatment of him on the topic of nature. And God begins His discourse, if you will, right where Job left off. God is going to now teach Job. And God will bring Job to where He wants to bring him. This is how our Lord Jesus Christ also taught in His parables. Jesus would observe the lives of people and He would teach them about the spiritual by using every day things. Jesus would use common experiences to explain spiritual things. This is the way the Word of God teaches us. It teaches us from where we are in the physical and brings us to where God wants us to be in the spiritual. Why does God use this method to teach us about spiritual things? It is because God comes down to our level, right down to where we live, then He brings us up to His level that we may have a better understanding of spiritual things. So, in chapter 38 of the Book of Job, we find God starting His teaching right where Job is. A storm is approaching, and God breaks in as the Creator. In verses 34 through 38, God asks Job a number of rhetorical questions. If Job is so wise to question the wisdom and power of God. Then can Job be able to bring down rain by commanding the clouds to do so? And can Job command the lightning to strike where he wants it to? Can Job explain how the mind operates? Can Job explain how exactly does the heart operates? Can Job count the number of clouds? Can Job explain how they are formed, and where do the particles of moisture comes from? Can Job make it rain on arid ground that has been hardened into clumps and clods? God asks Job these questions simply to show Job his ignorance in these matters and to show Job his weakness. Job’s wisdom and power is far less than the wisdom and power of God. Job should not be questioning God’s sovereignty. My friends, we are in the same position as Job. God is our Creator and we are His creation. Why should we question God’s counsels. And why should we oppose God’s providence. When in fact, God’s counsels and His providence satisfies the desires of every living thing. And so we should not worry in our tragedies or let our tragedies breakdown our faith. Rather we should find comfort in the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (Matthew 6:25-26 NKJV). This is just one example of God’s compassion out of many. And it should cause us to think about how much good God does for us each and every day. It is much more than we realize. Every view that we take of nature should remind us of God’s right to our love, and our need of His mercies and grace.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.