Out of the Whirlwind

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge. – Job 38: 1,2

Job was discouraged…frustrated…hurt…  He was tired and confused.  As the reader, we have the whole story.  We have the privilege of knowing that Job was facing these hardships because God was allowing Satan to come against him.  We know that the only reason the devils focus was on Job was because God Himself had brought Job to his attention.  “Have you considered my servant Job?”, God asked Satan.  At that moment, the devil, who ultimately seeks to oppose God in any situation, sought to destroy Job.  He adversely affected every area of Jobs life.  Job lost everything he possessed.  His present life, the life that Job knew, was completely destroyed and nothing would nor could it ever be the same.

Jobs friends looked into this present situation and decided that there must be some horrible sin that caused God to do this to him.  But Job knew this wasn’t the case.  Job knew he had lived his life in complete obedience to God.  Job knew that there wasn’t anything that would cause God to do this to him.  Just as his friends, Job didn’t understand why these multiple hardships had fallen upon him.  Because of this lack of understanding Job questioned himself.  He became so consumed by his present circumstance that he even cursed the day his mother birthed him.  Job questioned God.

When we as Christians face hardships, it’s natural to question God.  Human nature tends to always questions a negative outcome….especially when we are expecting to receive positive results.  In not understanding why we are facing such difficult times it’s almost typical to feel as if God has forsaken us in ways.  We may not come directly out and say, “God has lost His mind! Why is he doing this to me?” But we certainly feel this way.  And in conversations with friends about our struggles, we surely don’t feel like defending a God that is doing this to us.

Job sincerely battled this confusion.  He was a good man – perfect, God stated.  From Job’s viewpoint and reasoning he couldn’t satisfy his nor his friends questions of why he was facing such trouble.  God asks Job a question.  “Who is this that darkeneth the counsel by words without knowledge?”  It’s as if God was saying to Job, “You have said a lot about your feelings concerning this situation, but why are you talking about what you don’t know?  Who are you Job?”

It’s easy to talk about our problems.  When we don’t see reason why the troubles have come our way we feel that the need to try and justify their purpose.  Even as friends to someone facing hard times we try and give them answers  for the hurt, when ultimately, at the end of our attempts to understand what is happening….God allowed it to happen.  All our conversations, questions, and bitter feelings will not change the fact that you are facing trouble.

There will be times when we face hardships that we will not have the answer as to why they happen….and yet they happen.  “For he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just, and on the unjust.” – Matthew 5:45  Talking about the problems and dwelling on your present situation will not change a thing.  Right now – in the present – things are hard to handle – but we are promised a brighter future.  “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, and are called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28

We may not understand, but God does.  Just as God asked Job, “Who are you?”  We can answer with assurance, “I am God’s child and He has this situation under control.  And if God be for us, who can be against us?”



Author: Britney Wilkes

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Published in: on January 11, 2011 at 2:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

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