After God allows Satan to buffet Job, God patiently awaits Job’s response while listening to Job’s friends attempting to speak on God’s behalf. Now it’s God’s turn to respond directly to Job regarding His ways. He ask Job a series of questions in Chapter 38 which we ourselves should consider.
V4 “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
-Consider this when discussions of climate change arise. He is God, sustaining His planet, not us!
V17 “Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?”
-Consider this when discussions about abortion arise. He is God, deciding life and death, not us!
V39a, 41 “Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion?”
“Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat.”
-Consider this when discussions about concern for animals becomes greater than concern for people who have souls. He is God, providing for His animals but having died for lost humanity, not us!
LESSON - Because of our natural proclivity to idolatry, we have a tendency to lower God’s sovereign authority in our minds while elevating our abilities to control the things around us. We attempt to assume God’s role for things much like Satan desired to do before he was “cast out”. God is in control! This should both humble us and comfort us. We need to let God do His job and focus more upon our task. Mt. 22:37-40 “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Let’s do our job!