Job 38* God calls upon Job to answer. (1-3) God questions Job. (4-11)Concerning the light and darkness. (12-24) Concerning othermighty works. (25-41)1-3 Job had silenced, but had not convinced his friends. Elihuhad silenced Job, but had not brought him to admit his guiltbefore God. It pleased the Lord to interpose. The Lord, in thisdiscourse, humbles Job, and brings him to repent of hispassionate expressions concerning God's providential dealingswith him; and this he does, by calling upon Job to compare God'sbeing from everlasting to everlasting, with his own time; God'sknowledge of all things, with his own ignorance; and God'salmighty power, with his own weakness. Our darkening thecounsels of God's wisdom with our folly, is a great provocationto God. Humble faith and sincere obedience see farthest and bestinto the will of the Lord. 4-11 For the humbling of Job, God here shows him his ignorance,even concerning the earth and the sea. As we cannot find faultwith God's work, so we need not fear concerning it. The works ofhis providence, as well as the work of creation, never can bebroken; and the work of redemption is no less firm, of whichChrist himself is both the Foundation and the Corner-stone. Thechurch stands as firm as the earth. 12-24 The Lord questions Job, to convince him of his ignorance,and shame him for his folly in prescribing to God. If we thustry ourselves, we shall soon be brought to own that what we knowis nothing in comparison with what we know not. By the tendermercy of our God, the Day-spring from on high has visited us, togive light to those that sit in darkness, whose hearts areturned to it as clay to the seal, #2Co 4:6|. God's way in thegovernment of the world is said to be in the sea; this means,that it is hid from us. Let us make sure that the gates ofheaven shall be opened to us on the other side of death, andthen we need not fear the opening of the gates of death. It ispresumptuous for us, who perceive not the breadth of the earth,to dive into the depth of God's counsels. We should neither inthe brightest noon count upon perpetual day, nor in the darkestmidnight despair of the return of the morning; and this appliesto our inward as well as to our outward condition. What folly itis to strive against God! How much is it our interest to seekpeace with him, and to keep in his love! 25-41 Hitherto God had put questions to Job to show him hisignorance; now God shows his weakness. As it is but little thathe knows, he ought not to arraign the Divine counsels; it is butlittle he can do, therefore he ought not to oppose the ways ofProvidence. See the all-sufficiency of the Divine Providence; ithas wherewithal to satisfy the desire of every living thing. Andhe that takes care of the young ravens, certainly will not bewanting to his people. This being but one instance of the Divinecompassion out of many, gives us occasion to think how much goodour God does, every day, beyond what we are aware of. Every viewwe take of his infinite perfections, should remind us of hisright to our love, the evil of sinning against him, and our needof his mercy and salvation.
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