Tag Archive: Job 38


“In the final scene God himself speaks to Job and demands to know what right Job has to question the Creator of the universe about his ways.  Job’s humble response demonstrates the depth of his righteous character, and his prosperity is restored.”

Read:  Job 38, 39, 40, 41, 42

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

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In 2005 a neighboring town was hit hard by a tornado [Stoughton Tornado].  My family and I were at our local pool when the sirens sounded and we were sent to the locker rooms for cover.  Of course being the wanna-be storm chasers my husband and I are, we went outside while my Mom took the kids into safety.

The enormous twister passed by right in front of us, miles across, spinning and howling as it moved.

 

 

We could see and feel the force of it’s incredible, terrifying, strength and power yet from where we stood we were safe.  We were within arms reach (ok so we’re not so brave) of protection.

The Bible paints pictures of God’s strength and power;

“And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.”   1 Kings 19:11-12

It reveals the amazing ability God has to control things that seem so out of control;

Frightening storms:

“And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm.”   Mark 4:39

Fearsome beasts:

“Behold now, Behemoth, which I made as well as you… If a river rages, he is not alarmed; He is confident, though the Jordan rushes to his mouth. Can anyone capture him when he is on watch, With barbs can anyone pierce his nose?”   Job 40:15, 23-24

“Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook? Or press down his tongue with a cord? No one is so fierce that he dares to arouse him…”   Job 41:1, 10

And when God finally shows up to speak to Job in chapters 38-41, he reveals His power, not only through His words but also in his appearance:

“Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind…”   Job 38:1  (also Job 40:6)

God can be seen through all kinds of storms; roaring winds and drenching rain, financial drought or despairing loneliness but His Word reminds us that He is the one in control.

“Whatever the LORD pleases, He does, In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps.”   Psalm 135:6

Like Scott Krippane’s song says…

“Sometimes He calms the storm
With a whispered ‘Peace, be still’
He can settle any sea
But it doesn’t mean He will
Sometimes He holds us close
And lets the wind and waves go wild
Sometimes He calms the storm
And other times He calms His child.”
-Scott Krippane

 

Related posts/articles:
The witching hour…   (https://ispygod.net/)
I Spy A Fierce Dragon   (https://ispygod.net/)
Out of the whirlwind   (http://cindybythesea.wordpress.com/)
Lessons From The Whirlwind   (http://www.teachingtruth.org/)

The past few nights I have woken up early; precisely 2:45am…the witching hour.

Ok, so the witching hour is typically thought of as midnight and when bad things happen…

the term witching hour refers to the time of day when supernatural creatures such as witches, demons, and ghosts are thought to appear and to be at their most powerful and black magic to be most effective.   -Wikipedia

But I do think God works in all things and at all hours.  So when I woke again this morning at 2:45am; the time of day when “supernatural beings are most powerful,” I figured God must have something to say.  So I got up.

I have been lost in a fog for many months now, questioning God and His plan for me as a wife, as a mother, my weight, my job, my writing…oh you name it, I’ve questioned.  And if you read my post from yesterday, pridefully titled What’s the point?, you might have noticed that I am expecting an answer.

In Job chapter 38 and 39, God is done allowing Job and his friends to answer for Him.  He’s done with Job’s questions and with Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar and Elihu’s assumptions.  In one return question God finally gives Job (as well as this prideful mother of four) what he has been longing for…

An answer.

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? …”   Job 38:4

God is the One in control.  Over all things…

The sea

“who enclosed the sea with doors… And I placed boundaries on it And set a bolt and doors… And here shall your proud waves stop’?   Job 38:8, 10-11

The morning

“Have you ever in your life commanded the morning, And caused the dawn to know its place,”   Job 38:12

The stars

“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, Or loose the cords of Orion?”   Job 38:31

The rain

“Who has cleft a channel for the flood, Or a way for the thunderbolt, Has the rain a father? Or who has begotten the drops of dew?”   Job 38:25, 28

The animals

“Can you hunt the prey for the lion, Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions”   Job 38:39

“Do you know the time the mountain goats give birth?… Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars…”   Job 39:1, 26

And in Job’s response I see myself…

“Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to You? I lay my hand on my mouth. Once I have spoken, and I will not answer; Even twice, and I will add nothing more.”   Job 40:4-5

 

God woke me because He wanted to ask me something.

Who Am I? to think I deserve an answer… better yet, Who Am I? to question God.

 

 

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