My favorite part of the book begins in chapter 38. You can read the chapter here if you would like. The title of the chapter is "The Lord Answers Jobs". After he and his friends sit and hold a" come to Jesus meeting", as my principal likes to refer to it, God decides he has heard enough. The chapter begins:
"Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:
Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
Dress for action like a man;
I will question you, and you make it known to me. “'Where were you..."
The first thing that I love is that God answers out of a whirlwind! He wants these men who have been questioning his power to know that he is all powerful! So many times I am guilty of speaking "without knowledge". I make statements or act like I know something when I don't. I may be in a discussion with D about God and make statements about God's character when I can hear God thinking "what do you really know about me?" Job and his friends were knowledgeable about God, but they didn't understand how powerful he really is.
Secondly, the statement "Where were you" begins a few chapters of God showing his might, creativity, and power. It is one of the few times that God brags about what he has created on Earth and I love it! I love being reminded of the millions of things God does everyday that I take for granted.
Some of my favorite lines from this section are:
“Who has cleft a channel for the torrents of rain
and a way for the thunderbolt,
to bring rain on a land where no man is,
on the desert in which there is no man,
to satisfy the waste and desolate land,
and to make the ground sprout with grass?" (Job 38:25-27)
“Do you give the horse his might?
Do you clothe his neck with a mane?
Do you make him leap like the locust?... He laughs at fear and is not dismayed;
he does not turn back from the sword.
Upon him rattle the quiver,
the flashing spear, and the javelin." (Job 39: 19-23)
Here is my absolute favorite:
“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow
or seen the storehouses of the hail,
which I reserve for times of trouble,
for days of war and battle?" (Job 38: 22-24)
Throughout the rest of the book, Job tries to defend himself until finally he admits:
“I am unworthy—how can I reply to you?
I put my hand over my mouth.
I spoke once, but I have no answer--
twice, but I will say no more.” (Job 40: 4-5)
I feel like this so often. I put my foot in my mouth trying to talk about or to God. I know up against the awe and power of my God I have no reply. I don't have to defend him or convince others that he is powerful. He does that every day when he:
"give[s] orders to the morning,
or show[s] the dawn its place." (Job 38:12)