We take God too lightly. We take His name too lightly. And I’m not talking just about people who aren’t believers, people who don’t know God. Remember, Job was a believer. Job did know God. Job’s sins were not the sins that his friends described, but he was not without sin. In Job 38-41, God allowed Job (and us) to look more deeply at His glory. God reminded Job (and us) Who He is. Job has been complaining to God that the doesn’t deserve all this suffering, and that it isn’t fair what has happened to his great reputation through all of this, and that it isn’t fair that these three friends have been telling him over and over again that he needs to repent of sins he didn’t commit. And finally, in Job 38-41, God steps in and says, essentially, “Job, I AM GOD. I created YOU. I created your friends. I created your children and your idiot wife. I created the entire universe. I even created the idea of what’s fair. I don’t need a lecture from you on what is fair and what isn’t fair.”
Check out Job’s response:
Then Job answered the LORD and said:“I know that you can do all things,and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.‘Hear, and I will speak;I will question you, and you make it known to me.’I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,but now my eye sees you;therefore I despise myself,and repent in dust and ashes.”
All Job can say in light of this revelation of God is, “I’m so sorry. I had heard about you, but now I can really see Who you are (and who I am by comparison, which doesn’t look so good now). I am sorry for the things I said. I clearly had no idea what or Who I was talking about.” Remember, this is Job. This is God’s boy! Remember how God talked about Job in Job 1:8? If not, please go back and read that verse, because Job was far more righteous in God’s eyes than you or I – and Job needed to a fresh reminder of Who God is. That must mean that you and I need that reminder even more.