The Lord Breaks His Silence

  1. The Lord is bringing Job’s trial to an end, though Job doesn’t know that yet. Job is still suffering. He’s in every kind of pain still, but God doesn’t comfort Job yet. He doesn’t come with comfort, but with sarcasm. “Surely you know!”
  2. He’s teaching Job a lesson in humility. Know who God is. Know you aren’t Him.
  3. In acting like God had done him wrong, Job was being proud. That kind of thinking means you are saying you know better than God. Not a good thing. God is far from the proud. God is being gracious and merciful here, compassionate toward Job in his state in coming to Job even as Job struggles with this attitude.
  4. I would like to pull out some verses again to talk about our great God.
  5. Have you seen the storehouses of the hail, which I have reserved for the time of trouble, for the day of battle and war (Job 38:22-23)?
  6. God has hail prepared and stored to be used in battle. In Revelation 16, it talks about 100-pound hail stones being thrown down on people!
  7. Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go and say to you, ‘Here we are’ (Job 38:35)?
  8. I love that even the lightning has to report to God. God’s in charge of the weather, of each lightning bolt.
  9. Who has put wisdom in the inward parts or given understanding to the mind (Job 38:36)?
  10. This verse made me think of another, Psalm 51:6. Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. God desires that we have wisdom in our inward parts, but He’s also the one that puts in there for us!
  11. “Can you hunt the prey for the lion, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions? Who provides for the raven its prey, when its young ones cry to God for help, and wander about for lack of food” (Job 38:39,41)?
  12. I love this picture of God being the one to feed the animals, even when the animals are hunting. God provides the prey. He listens to the little birds’ cry for food and meets the need.