the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said: “Who is this who
darkens counsel By words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I
will question you, and you shall answer Me.” (Job 38:1-3)
was a righteous man who, from a human perspective, did not deserve to suffer.
He lived a blameless life and followed God’s laws to the letter. As he was
experiencing great tribulation, Job cried out in frustration and questioned why
God was allowing him to suffer. God came to Job in the form of a whirlwind with
His answer. As soon as God spoke, Job recognized that he should not have
challenged God’s wisdom. God turned to Job and asked him several sobering
questions: “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Where were
you when I set the oceans in their place? Where were you when I put the
constellations of stars in position?” God’s questions humbled Job and reminded
him that his own wisdom did not begin to compare with God’s.
God finished asking His questions, Job replied, “I have uttered what I did not
understand, / Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know” (Job 42:3). In
a moment of despair and frustration, Job had challenged God’s wisdom. God had
firmly reminded Job that He was still sovereign and that this truth was enough
for Job. Whether Job ever knew that his life had been the focus of a cosmic
struggle is unclear. Perhaps Job never realized that his experience brought
glory to God in the face of Satan’s challenge (Job 1:8–12). But Job was
satisfied to know that God’s wisdom was flawless.
times you may not understand why a loving Father would allow you to suffer as
you are. You may question the wisdom of God’s direction for your life. Learn
from Job. Review the awesome power and wisdom of almighty God (Job 38–41). Have
confidence that this same God is directing your path.