Job Refrains from Answering Back

  1. God confronts Job.
  2. “Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it.”
  3. While before Job was saying things like let me come before God and I’ll defend my case to Him, now Job knows he has no ground to take a stand on. He makes a smart move and doesn’t say anything but that he won’t say anything. He has recognized his size next to God. When we get a look at who God is and compare that to ourselves and our situation, it should shut us up from any sort of complaining.
  4. “Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth.”
  5. God doesn’t let Job off the hook yet. He continues on.
  6. “Will you even put me in the wrong? Will you condemn me that you may be in the right?”
  7. God points out to Job what He’s been doing, justifying himself by saying that God is in the wrong.
  8. God is perfect, so anytime we might be tempted to think God could have done something wrong, we need to know it’s definitely our problem, not His. We’re just not understanding something. God can only be good and perfect. He can’t not be who He is.
  9. “Adorn yourself with majesty and dignity; clothe yourself with glory and splendor.”
  10. God pushes it further here. If Job is going to make himself out to be God, then Job should go ahead and take on the role and get all gussied up in majesty and glory. Of course, Job can’t come close to imitate God’s majesty and glorious splendor.
  11. “Pour out the overflowings of your anger, and look on everyone who is proud and abase him. Then will I also acknowledge to you that your own right hand can save you.”
  12. There are two parts to this verse. First, we see that God deals with the proud by bringing them low. God has brought Job low. There was some pride and self-righteousness issues that needed addressing in Job’s life. Second, God points out that if you can’t do all these things, then you can’t save yourself.
  13. God has the strong arm to save. It’s not our arm that saves us. That’s the way we want it, so embrace it and be thankful we don’t have to save ourselves from our troubles.
  14. Verses: Job 40:2,4,8,10-11,14