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February 28, 2022 Joshua LeBorious

What's Going On?

What's Going On?

Job 40-42

These last few chapters of Job teach one of my favorite lessons in the entire Bible, probably because it was a lesson I really needed to learn. When I was in high school and college, I got really into the study of apologetics (the defense of the faith). I did my best to have the knowledge at my disposal to answer any question and win any argument that I might get into. With that kind of attitude, this book of the Bible gave me some trouble. But somewhere along the line, the lesson hit me and stuck.

Essentially what God is doing in these chapters, albeit much more eloquently, is saying to Job, “who are you to question me?” One of the things this teaches us about the character of God is that He is totally beyond our understanding and sometimes He will do things that we cannot make sense of. That was a hard lesson for me to learn, but it’s one of the most valuable I have ever been taught. When it comes to our faith, it is okay to say that we don’t know what God is doing or why he is doing something a certain way. We trust that He works for His glory and for the good of those who love Him, even if we can’t see the entirety of His plan. So sometimes we have questions about God and about His hand in the events we see in the world around us, and sometimes the answer to those questions is “I don’t know, and I probably won’t until I can ask Jesus face to face.”

Today’s B.I.B.L.E. Takeaways:

Blessings from God

God has an incredible plan for His glory and for the good of those who love Him.

Instructions for Us

This story calls us to humility in recognizing our place before God.

Biblical Connections

This story does not directly connect with other parts of the Bible, other than being part of a continuous story.

Laborious Understandings

Nothing in these verses strikes me as particularly difficult to deal with.

Enjoyable Passages

Job’s confession in Job 42:3 stands out to me and might be a great reminder to have in front of us more regularly than we do.

Topics to Pray About:

  • Thank God for acting in line with His plan, despite our nagging questions
  • Confess to God the times that you demand understanding and answers from Him
  • Ask for God to give you peace and humility in the face of questions about Him

In His Service,

J. LeBorious