Job 38-39 – WHO DOES GOD THINK HE IS?
GOD IS THE HOST and Job is the contestant. Not “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”but “Who Thinks They Know More Than God?” God says “Brace yourself like a man, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them. As the questions are asked, Job the contestant remains silent. The suspense is electric!
GOD IS AN ARCHITECT AND CARPENTER, a designer/builder. His workmanship brings great joy (Job 38:4-7). Psalms 19:1-8 (NLT) says “The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display His craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make Him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world.” Who else does work like this? Job, measured and shaped by the hand of God, is silent.
GOD IS A FATHER AND A MOTHER,giving birth as the sea rushes forth like amniotic fluid and He clothes His creation in a blanket of clouds cradled by the boundaries of the earth and gives freedom and protection within the limits He sets (Job 38:8-11). He is father to the rain and mother to the ice, to whatever weathers of life we face (Job 38:28-30). Job, the child of God the Father, is silent.
GOD IS A GENERAL commanding his troops – the dawn of each day, like an army of light, spreads out over the earth dispelling the darkness of sin. Each day is an opportunity for His righteousness to be triumphant over wickedness. Job, sitting in the receding shadows, a wounded warrior awaiting the healing warmth of the light, is silent.
GOD IS A POTTER who shapes His creation with each day and places His seal upon it (Job 38:14). Job, malleable with each touch of the Potter’s hand is silent.
GOD IS A WRITER who writes on the clay tablets of creation and, with the rotating cylinder seal of the dawn, engraves His personal signature within the soft surface of the clay, revealing it’s hills and valleys (Job 38:14). Job, who bears the signature of God on his life is silent.
GOD IS A FASHION DESIGNER clothing His creation in a brilliant robe of colours as the dawn wraps around the earth (Job 38:14). Job, clothed in the dust awaits the dawn in silence.
GOD IS A PATROL OFFICER whose light shines on situations of darkness and gives the wicked the opportunity to lay down their arms and reassess their violent intent (Job 38:15). Job finds himself in the spotlight and surrenders himself to God in silence.
GOD IS A DEEP SEA DIVER who has explored the deep caverns and springs of the ocean (Job 38:16). Job is lost at sea, desperately seeking to remain afloat, in silence.
GOD IS A DOCTOR who understands the transition between life and death. Jesus Himself travelled through the gates of death and has faced the depth of hell due to our sin (Job 38:17). Job lays in palliative care in silence as God, the great Physician, gives his diagnosis.
GOD IS AN INTERNATIONAL TOURIST who has traveled the extent of the earth (Job 38:18). His general and specific knowledge of the world is expansive. In the land of Uz, an unmarked and unexpected tourist destination on the face of all the earth is visited by Royalty. Job receives the visitation of God in silence.
GOD IS A LAMPLIGHTER, the source of light and One who dispels darkness (Job 38:19-20). Job, burnt out and laying in the ashes, is silent(Job 38:21 NLT).
GOD IS A WEATHERMAN AND STOREMAN who stores snow and hail for their seasons and is acquainted with the cold and difficult times of our lives (Job 38:22) and who has remarkable forecasting skills (Job 38:34-35,37-38). Job, weathered and spent in the face of the storm, is silent.
GOD IS A MILITARY TACTICIAN. He is prepared for the cold ferocity of battle tempests, reserving the elements of snow and hail for a future storm. (Job 38:23, Revelation 8:7; 11:19; 16:21). Job, the displaced refugee, humbled and helpless, is silent.
GOD IS A MAPMAKER AND PATHFINDER who gives direction to the elements of His creation (Job 38:24-27). Job, lost and confused as to the way ahead, is silent.
GOD IS A REAL ESTATE AGENT who houses the north-wind (Job 38:24) but the wind of His Spirit cannot be confined. Job, homeless and destitute, is silent.
GOD IS AN ASTROPHYSICIST AND ASTRONAUT on a mission to the stars, orchestrating their movements across the sky (Job 38:31-32). Job, his face in the dust, is silent.
GOD IS A MAGISTRATE AND LAWYER who understands and executes the laws of the universe, regulating how they relate to earth (Job 38:33). Job, the defendant, is silent.
GOD IS A PSYCHOLOGIST who knows the innermost workings of the heart and mind (Job 38:36). Job, on the edge of psychological breakdown, is silent.
GOD IS A ZOOKEEPER who provides for His animal kingdom in the wild (Job 38: Job 39). Job, prey to the animals, is silent.
Job is concerned with questioning God. God answers his questions with questions of His own and shows He is vitally interested and involved in relationship with His creation and less interested in us trying to understand His sovereign will. As creations of God we will never be able to understand the mind of God but we can be intimately acquainted with Him through Christ. He invites us to such a relationship of trust. The answer for our lives, apparent in creation, is that God is in control and in His presence we are appropriately bereft of words and filled with awe and wonder.