Job 38:1-2 (NLT) – Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind: “Who is this that questions My wisdom with such ignorant words? Brace yourself like a man, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.”
These verses caught my attention. I have read the book of Job many times, but mostly just to get through it so I could say I’d read the Bible all the way through. It ranked right up there with Leviticus and Lamentations as “favorites.” This time I was looking for an answer to a specific question. Your attitude when reading the Bible has a lot to do with how much you get out of it.
Most of us know that Job lost his children, wealth, position in the community, and lastly his health. Because of this, we assume that God tries our faith by taking away our health. I will show you that this isn’t true.
In 1 Kings 19:11-12, God had Elijah stand on a mountain before Him. He passed by Elijah and a great and strong wind rent the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces. That had to be a fearsome wind! But the Lord was not in the wind. Then the Lord sent an earthquake, but He was not in the earthquake. He spoke to Elijah in a still, small voice.
Would Job have heard God’s still, small voice? He didn’t have the relationship with God that Elijah had. Elijah’s ministry and life depended on being able to hear God’s voice. At this point, he had let circumstances get in the way, and God had to get his attention before Elijah could hear Him.
Job didn’t have this relationship with the Lord and didn’t know how to listen for His voice. So, God spoke to him from a whirlwind. Can you imagine God speaking to you from a tornado or a hurricane? This was no gentle breeze. It was a whirlwind, a tornado that sprang up out of nowhere. It got Job’s attention.
Since Job had been held up by God as a man more righteous than any other living person, I wanted to know what Job had said that caused God to react so dramatically. What were Job’s ignorant questions? More importantly, since Job probably lived a more righteous life than I have, and did it without a personal relationship with Jesus, the Holy Spirit or scriptures to help him, I wanted to make sure I wasn’t asking the same ignorant questions!
By the way, ‘ignorant’ doesn’t mean ‘stupid.’ It means without knowledge, not knowing something.
Job was innocent. He had done nothing wrong, yet he was put through a severe trial. On top of that, instead of comforting Job, his friends insisted he must have sinned and that he must repent. They added insult to injury. (In all fairness, they spoke out of the limited knowledge they had of God – He rewards good and punishes evil.)
While Job was innocent of any wrongdoing, he became indignant at God for punishing him for no reason. He didn’t realize God wasn’t punishing him. God was allowing his faith to be tested by Satan. Job never wavered in his faith towards God. He did question God’s judgment.
However, even though he knew he was innocent and had obeyed all he knew to do, deep down he knew he was a sinful man. Still, he wanted a hearing with God so he could present his side.