Job 42:1-6 “Then Job answered the LORD, and said, I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”
After long discourses and dialogues from both Job and his friends, the Lord comes to intervene. They all are left silent as the Lord reveals His mastery and sovereignty to these men whose knowledge was limited at best.
The Lord could have spoken about creation as an example of the intricacy of His design and the operation of the universe of His reach. After the Lord finished, the only one that could speak was Job. Job’s response was from a heart utterly humbled by what the Lord presented.
I began to think that we, who are children of God, should hold God’s Word in the highest regard. Without it, we would be neglecting the very counsel needed to keep our pride in check.
We hold a pretty high opinion of ourself. Much higher, I think, than we ought. At least, when I read and meditate on God’s Word, I find that I don’t quite measure up in the way I had thought. I need constant exposure to His Word of God to keep me in line.
In Job’s day, they did not have the full revelation of God printed, and bound as we do today with the Bibles we hold. Job was dependent on God revealing Himself with regard to every facet of life.
Consider this – God put forth to Satan:
Job 1:8 “And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?”
For Job to be the man of God that God said He was; that took some doing. All they had was what Moses had written from God given to him on the mount. Job sought God with a heart that desired God’s will above his own. He sought God’s will for his children and sacrificed as intercessor for them daily.
Yet, as close as he was, God brought something into Job’s life that he could not reconcile with what he knew God to be.
I thank God for what I have; the whole counsel of God given to me for today. I do not believe for one second that it holds everything that there is to know about God. But, it is all I need for this life.
Satan knows it’s power. He felt the tip of it’s blade when Jesus rebuked him in the desert temptation.
Matthew 4:4 “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
Matthew 4:7 “Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.”
Matthew 4:10 “Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”
We are a privileged people to be living in such a day as this!
In His Word, He reveals His love, His power, His provision, His presence, His protection, His promise, His mercy, grace and forgiveness. He commands me what to do and what not to do.
He shows me examples through the lives of those who were obedient and those who rebelled.
If we would but read, study, meditate, memorize, submit and obey the Word of God in our life; we too, could be that one like Job. It is not like we haven’t been given all the right tools to do so.
God promised He would supply all we need.
Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Maybe, we should be more like Job to abhor our present living, and repent in dust and ashes. Or better yet, to ask God for us to be able to see as Job did, just who God is so that we have the same perspective.
Then, the conviction and repentance needed would come much more easily.
Just some thoughts this morning to take with you…
Remember – this is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!