Please read Job 38, Job 39, and Job 40:1-5. What stands out to you today? Here’s what stands out to me:
I wonder if Job’s friends could also hear God speaking. At first, the Lord’s speech doesn’t sound encouraging – I know when I ask “obvious” questions, I’m trying to prove a point (but I’m not comparing myself to God, of course!). Maybe after all the speeches from Job’s speeches, the answers aren’t so obvious. God begins,
Why do you confuse the issue?
Why do you talk without knowing what you’re talking about?
Pull yourself together, Job!
Up on your feet! Stand tall!
I have some questions for you,
and I want some straight answers.
Where were you when I created the earth?
Tell me, since you know so much! (38:2-5 MSG)
I am going to read this again with a different “tone of voice”, I think – I wish we could hear God’s tone of voice! God’s speech hit the desired mark, for sure. Job’s response:
“I’m speechless, in awe—words fail me.
I should never have opened my mouth!
I’ve talked too much, way too much.
I’m ready to shut up and listen.” (40:4-5 MSG)
I’m excited to read what else God has to say tomorrow! Even correction is done for our benefit – don’t shy away from the Lord as He is giving you an opportunity to grow!