The Book of Job - A Perspective Changer

I’ve enjoyed my time in Wyoming this summer for many reasons. One reason being the amazing hikes in the area. We’ve been fortunate enough to hike the Snowy’s and Vedauwoo in the Laramie area and also made it to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. This is a beautiful part of the country!

My favorite part of the hike is reaching the peak. I get a feeling of accomplishment and then like to sit down to relax and enjoy the amazing view. You can see for miles!

I also realize just how small and insignificant we humans are. I can see what feels like forever. Yet in reality, what I can see is nothing in comparison to the size of our country, the world and our universe. This scale of the universe gives a cool perspective of just how small we are!

In our final reading from Job (38-42), we hear a lengthy response from God to Job. To this point, Job has had some ups and downs through his troubles. But after he’s heard from his three friends (Eliphaz, Zophar, Bildad) and Elihu, he feels he’s been unjustly punished. He wants answers from God. Well he gets an answer from God. And it is very stern and direct:

Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? (38:4,5)... Do you have an arm like God’s, and can your voice thunder like his? Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor, and clothe yourself in honor and majesty” (40:9,10).  

Wow what a response from God. He uses some sarcasm to put Job in his place. His basic message to Job is – I am God and you are not! Who are you to question me?

How do you think Job is feeling at this moment?

I’m guessing very small and insignificant.

Too often, you and I question God like Job. We act like we deserve an answer from God. How could you Iet me lose my job? Why did you allow my family member to get cancer? Why didn’t my relationship work out? How can you allow so much killing in this world? How can you let our government decide to legalize gay marriage? Answer me, God!

That’s when we need our perspective flipped. That’s when we need to realize just how small and insignificant we are. That’s when we ask for forgiveness in humility as Job did, “I am unworthy – how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth (40:4)… Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know” (42:3).   

Job realized who he was talking to. He was questioning the all-powerful God – the Creator of the universe. Just look around – how much power does that take? What was Job thinking? What are we thinking?

But God doesn’t use that power to crush Job. Instead, he does the opposite. He blesses Job with “twice as much as he had before” (42:10). He calls Job “his servant”(42:7,8).

God blesses us too. Not because we deserve it, but because he is a forgiving and loving God.

He blessed us with His Son, Jesus, to pay for the sins of the entire world. Through Jesus, we have life (John 3:36).

Because of Jesus, we are his children. “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (1 John 3:1).

Tiny though we are, God does not crush us, ignore us, or push us away. Instead, the almighty God welcomes us into his family.

In the eyes of God, we are significant.

Lord’s blessings on the rest of your week,

Daniel Kock