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Righteous Suffering: Limited Me, Limitless God

Have you ever thought to yourself, “If I was running this, things would be different?” You ever been there? We all have. Including Job. The problem for Job was that his thoughts on this were related to God’s ability to run and govern the world. In light of this, God chooses to respond to Job. What we see in these chapters is that: The mystery and power of God coupled with our limitations should cultivate in us humility, reverence and worship of God.

In Job 38 – 41, there are two speeches that God makes to Job. In doing this, His desire is to lead Job through a series of questions that allow Job to make discovery about God and himself that will lead to a response of repentance, helping Job to see the mystery of God, and realizing that God alone can overcome evil.

1. God Questions Job: 38:1 – 40:5

God begins by questioning Job. His questions are centered around the created universe and the animal kingdom. As God is asking these questions, they are meant to reveal that God is brilliantly running the entire universe and it would be utterly impossible for Job to do so.  In conclusion, God is pushing against Job’s sentiment that he could order the universe better. Job responds in chapter 40 that he is small, but what is noticeably absent is any sense of repentance.

What God’s questioning reveals to us: As we consider this speech, we would do well to consider it’s implications in our life.

A. God’s limitless nature and understanding: We are exposed to the enormity and power of God in all of this. It’s difficult to read this and not respond in awe and worship at the limitless nature of God.

B. Our limited nature and understanding: In sharp contrast, we are confronted with our limited nature. This should stir in us humility as we see how different God is from us.
C. The mystery of God’s sovereign rule: The point of exposing the mystery is not to answer the mystery, but simply to reveal that there is mystery. God does not owe us an explanation of Himself.

2. God Challenges Job: 40:6 – 41:34

God moves from questioning Job to challenging Job. In 40:8-14 there’s a distinct tone in how God is engaging Job’s attempt to put God on trial. In love for Job, God calls him out and exposes the futility of that. God then spends the rest of this speech speaking of two large beasts, Behemoth and Leviathan. These beasts seem to be symbolic or representative of evil and death, possibly even Satan. It would seem that God is trying to explain to Job that he (Job) is absolutely incapable of dealing with evil and death, but God is more than capable of addressing this issue. Ephesians 2 and God’s ability to raise us from the dead is a perfect example of this!

What God’s challenge reveals to us: As we consider this speech, we would do well to consider its implications in our life.

A. The problem of putting God on trial: Job has wrongly assumed that the issue in his life is God’s management of it. When we wrongly assume or accuse God, worship of God will be fleeting and impossible. So in love, God address this.

B. Our lack of power and authority over evil: In short, you and I have no power or means within ourselves to remedy evil and sin in our lives. It would be utterly hopeless if not for…

C. God’s complete power and authority over evil: While we have no power, God has all power! This is a source of great comfort and hope for us all. Yet this same God who has all power will be the same God who will hang on a tree for our redemption and restoration!

We closed by asking some questions. Since I told you that you couldn’t write them down I figured it would be good to include them here. 😊

1. Do you have a proper view of God?

2. Do you have a proper view of yourself?

3. Are there areas in your life, that you are attempting to control or think that you know better than God?

4. Are there items in your life that you have not repented of?

5. As God calls you back into restoration and worship, will you respond in your own power, or through the finished work of Jesus?

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