I know that Thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from Thee. Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Hear, I beseech Thee, and I will speak: I will demand of Thee, and declare Thou unto me. I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth Thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes (Job 42:2-6).
After listening to the Words of God, Job spoke one last time. Unlike his previous lengthy speeches that had focused primarily on his righteousness and his confusion, this one was short and to the point. Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Job stood before God and confessed his sin, one that he had been unable to recognize prior to his trials. Job confessed the sin of pride. Although he had always served God with a willing heart, Job had taken great pride in his righteousness and his knowledge of the Lord. I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem (29:14). Now, after hearing from God Himself, Job knew that the spiritual righteousness that he had once held in such high esteem had been based on faulty human logic. Much like his three friends, Job had categorized God. In dismay, Job admitted this to God. I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth Thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
It is important for us to realize that, at the time he spoke these words, nothing had physically changed for Job. He was still covered in boils and suffering from unrelenting pain. Yet the one question that had vexed him from the very beginning, "Why?" no longer mattered to him at all. It was enough for him to know that God knew and that God was there. Job's great faith had always been the technical basis for his life, but now it went beyond knowledge. Job had transitioned to a deeply personal relationship with God. He saw the true nature of God, and he was spiritually fulfilled by it. Job was at peace at last. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's (Rom. 14:8).
There is much that we can learn from Job. His patience in the face of adversity is frequently talked about, as is His unwavering faith in the Lord. Just as important, although less widely discussed, is his willingness to be changed by God. Despite what he thought he knew, when God spoke he listened with his whole heart. God still has much to say to us today from the pages of His Word. Just as he did with Job, He seeks to change his relationship with us from a doctrinal one to a personal one. Are you willing to be changed by Him today?
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (II Cor. 4:6).
Thought for Today:
As Christians, we are all still God's "work in progress." We will not be completed until we are forever in the presence of God.
Through Job's praying for his "friends" (Job 42:10). We are reminded that it is Christ . . . who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us (Rom. 8:34).
41:13 discover the face of his garment = strip off his outer coat of armor; 41:17 sundered = separated; 41:23 flakes = folds; 42:6 abhor = loathe; 42:10 turned the captivity = restored the fortunes.
James 1: 15 - 21
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
Do not err, my beloved brethren.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.