When God Asks Questions

I was reading Job, and in reading Job, I read about his friends giving him advice as to why all these sufferings were brought upon him. I read Job’s response to the accusation of sin. I realized by chapter 38 that the entire time I had been reading the book of Job, I was waiting for chapter 38, “God answers Job”. I was desperately seeking God’s words, anticipating His words to Job. Since this was my first time through Job, I didn’t know what to expect.

Excited to read chapter 38, God responds: Job 38:3 “Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall question me.” Wow! I started to tremble as I put myself in Job’s place. God’s not beginning with advice, He’s asking questions.

Pondering this verse of Scripture, I asked myself some questions? During my storm of life, would I be ready to answer God’s questions? Would I like what I hear? Do I really want to hear the truth?

God had Job’s best interest at heart. He had to get Job to recognize and submit to His power and sovereignty. Then, Job would be able to hear what God was really saying to him.

Sometimes God has to get our attention, so we hear and listen to His words. Our suffering’s cause is to trust Him for who He is, not what He does. Our answers to difficulties may unfold over the course of life and not at the moment we desire. Tough, I know, in this world of NOW!

So, let’s trust our all-powerful God with our unanswered questions. We can never be separated from His love when He is our foundation Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.”

Have a Nice Day!
~TERESA PATTERSON

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