Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said: “Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me.” Job 38:1-3 NKJV
Throughout Job’s trial the Lord was silent. Job claimed righteousness and accused God of injustice. His friends accused him of sin. Elihu declared God is just. He scolded Job for self-righteousness and judging God. The Lord breaks His silence and speaks to Job.
Did God actually speak to Job out of a whirlwind? Or are these verses using symbolism to explain God speaking to Job through the circumstances of his life?
God spoke to Job out of a whirlwind similar to the way He spoke to Moses from a burning bush. He also spoke to Job through the circumstances of life. God prepared Job for this very moment!
How would you react if you heard the voice of God from out of a whirlwind? Does God speak to you through the circumstances of your life?
God answered everything Job said during His time of testing with a question. He asked Job, who are you to question My wisdom with your limited knowledge?
Job never understood what was happening to him. He was not being punished. God was using him. The Lord called Job “My servant”. He said, “there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil.”
How would Job have reacted if he knew His loss and pain was the cost of serving God? Would you serve God if it cost you as much as it cost Job?
God called Job a servant before his heartbreaking loss and painful illness. From our perspective those words were prophetic. From God’s they were reality!
The Lord told Job to get ready so He could question him. He expected Job to answer Him. Think about that for a minute. God did not bark out commands at Job. He asked Job a series of questions then He gave Job an opportunity to answer!
This reminds me of Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.”
Job accused God of afflicting him unjustly. That is blasphemy. The Lord didn’t punish Job. He reasoned with Him, why? Because He loved Job!
Jesus knows every sin you have every committed. He does not want to punish you. He loves you. Jesus wants to reason with you.
Keep your ears open. Jesus speaks through the storms and circumstances of life. Jesus can even speak to you from out of a whirlwind!
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