Book of Job Series: Chapters 37-42
Welcome to week eight of the Job Series! This is the last week for reviewing chapters, but I will publish a conclusion article next week. Congratulations on making it though the book of Job! As I have stated in previous weeks, everything that I publish is what I felt God was teaching me through the text. Since I am an imperfect human, there are likely to be mistakes, so I encourage you to weigh everything I have written with Scripture, which, unlike me, is infallible. I pray this will encourage you to read more of God's Word and see more of His character :)
1. God Does Great Things
“God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding.” Job 37:5
Now, we haven’t reached the end of the chapter yet, but I think this one verse can sum up a big portion of the book of Job. God is marvelous and He does great things beyond our understanding. It is still 2020 as I am writing this, and I think we can apply this bit of wisdom to what’s going on in our lives and in the world right now. We don’t understand His ways, but we can trust that He is doing something great!
2. God Hears Us and Answers Us
When we cry out to God in anguish, He hears our cries. We do not get left unanswered or unheard. Sometimes those cries are genuine and sometimes they are us whining because we feel entitled to something “better.” Either way, God hears us and cares for us. I once read that God gives three answers to our prayers: yes, no, and not yet. But are we willing to listen when God has us wait, or even “worse,” when He says no? Just because we pray for something doesn’t mean that God will grant our request. We have to remember that He is the Creator of the universe, and He knows better than we do.
“The LORD said, ‘I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.’” Exodus 3:7
3. Who Are We to Question God?
God started His response to Job in the previous chapter and it continues in this one. He is asking Job all of these things about who is in charge of the universe, in control of the weather, and how things work on the earth. God created all these things to work together so life is sustainable here. He made everything with extreme care and thought, it is kind of mind blowing when you think about it. So, if we know He put that much thought and care into creating the universe and creating us, who are we to question His ways or motives?
4. Be Careful What You Ask For
Earlier in the book, Job tells his friends that if he were to have a trial before God that he would plead his case (Chapters 13 & 23). Well, God is giving him that chance, and there is nothing he can say or do. I can’t imagine that if I were in the presence of God that I would be able to do anything but fall flat on my face. But it also reminds me of some other requests we ask of God. Like, when we ask for patience, God doesn’t just give it to us, and we are no longer impatient. He puts something in our path to test our patience and help it to grow if we lean into Him. Or when we ask for wisdom. What follows is usually that of a trial because that is one of the greatest ways we learn. We must be ready to endure whatever God has us go through when we ask for things from Him.
5. Repentance is Vital
“’You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’ My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.’” Job 42:4-6
In order to truly be close to God, we must repent, or turn away, from our sin. Sin is what separates us from God, so if we don’t mourn the fact that we have done something to take us one step further from Him, then we need to evaluate our hearts and do some deep soul searching. Are we in the world or of the world?
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
6. Redemption is Possible
Once we repent of our sins and start living a life with God, He can turn the bad things that are in our past into good. That is what the whole Bible is about! In Job’s story, because Job was faithful, spoke the truth about God, and repented for his sins, God blessed him even more than before He let Satan wreak havoc on his life. He ended up living a long, happy life! God does that for us, too. When we are faithful to Him, He blesses us. Sometimes we don’t get to see those blessings until we are with God in glory, but treasures above are far greater than the treasures here on earth.