There have been plenty of sorrows, pains and trials in my life; and in the lives of people I know and love. I am sure most people reading this and all who are not would admit to having their share of trouble, pains, and sorrows in this life. No one goes through life without them. Even Jesus had His.
Today I want us to hear what God says to Job, and it comes to us as well…
“Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou Me. Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? Or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? Or who laid the corner stone thereof; when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb? When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it, and brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors, and said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?” Job 38:1-11 (KJV)
Job had lost all that he had except for his life. He was still breathing, his heart was beating, but he was suffering. When his three friends came along and sat with him quietly, I am fairly certain that he was somewhat comforted; then, they had to open their foolish mouths and start talking.
Something the Christian must remember is that the words and thoughts of men, friend or otherwise, without knowing God, His word, His wisdom, and His Son are many times; as with Job’s friends; without much merit.
Job got what He asked for from God, and when God showed up Job got quiet. How do you answer the above questions which God asked? All I could answer is “I was not there. I do not know.” Job’s silence is pretty much the same answer.
Next time I want to question God about “Why?” something happens I think I will endeavor to remember these words from God to Job. They are for me too.