Who Is This Who Questions My Wisdom

Proper 24 (29) (October 21, 2012)

Job 38:1-7, 34-41; Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35; Hebrews 5:1-10; Mark 10:35-45

38 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.

“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
    Tell me, if you know so much.
Who determined its dimensions
    and stretched out the surveying line?
What supports its foundations,
    and who laid its cornerstone
as the morning stars sang together
    and all the angels shouted for joy?

34 “Can you shout to the clouds
    and make it rain?
35 Can you make lightning appear
    and cause it to strike as you direct?
36 Who gives intuition to the heart
    and instinct to the mind?
37 Who is wise enough to count all the clouds?
    Who can tilt the water jars of heaven
38 when the parched ground is dry
    and the soil has hardened into clods?

39 “Can you stalk prey for a lioness
    and satisfy the young lions’ appetites
40 as they lie in their dens
    or crouch in the thicket?
41 Who provides food for the ravens
    when their young cry out to God
    and wander about in hunger?

We are on the third week of readings in Job.  In this week’s installment, we hear God utter those famous words at Job.  “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.”

God goes on to ask Job some very pointed questions about the creation of the world — questions that God knows full well that Job can’t answer.  There are times when all of us get in a tight spot like Job and we start questioning God.  We wonder how we get into certain situations.  Sometimes those situations are of our own doing.  Sometimes, like in Job’s case, they are brought on because of the evil that exists in this world.

It’s in times like these that we need to remember that God is in control.  He is the one that set everything in motion.  He is not just watching us from a distance and God is not a micro-manager.  God cares for us – he really does.  I love what I heard on a Dennis Jernigan CD many years ago.  “God is God and we are not – I’m glad I don’t have his job, because it is hard.”  This week I encourage you to think about who God is and all that He has made.

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