May 31

Job 40-42, Psalm 146

After weaving through many chapters of human reasoning between Job and his friends attempting to answer the question as to why Job is suffering, God answers.  As we come to the conclusion of the story we notice that Job’s question is never really answered.  God is the answer.  Once Job sees himself in comparison to God, his question no longer seems important.  In Job 40:4, Job answers the Lord and said, “Behold, I am vile; What shall I answer you?”  In 42:5-6, he says, “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You.  Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes.”  Isaiah spoke similarly in Isaiah 64:6, “But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;..”. 

It’s interesting that we demand answers at all, considering we can’t even answer our own questions.  Paul acknowledges this in Romans 7:15, “For what I am doing , I do not understand.  For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.”  We look for answers, but we often don’t even understand ourselves.  Which brings us back to God’s answer.  God is always the answer.  Whatever situation we find ourselves in good or bad, we are to lean on and get closer to God.  Whether on vacation or in the hospital, lean on Him.  Whether financially secure or bankrupt, lean on Him.  Whether happy in your relationships or broken, lean on Him.  Either it is a real relationship or it’s not.  We live to glorify Him, in good times or bad.  He desires this relationship with us and we need this relationship.  He loves us so much, that He will allow a multitude of situations in our lives to further this relationship.  Though Job was blessed materially at the end of the story, this pales in comparison to the fact that his relationship with God was furthered.  We can never lose focus, that we are God’s ambassadors in a fallen world.  Jesus said in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

On a different note, the word dinosaur was not used until 1842.  When scoffers claim that dinosaurs are not mentioned in the Bible, point them to Job 40:15-24.  Dragons are part of the every ancient culture and Leviathan sounds like one from God’s description.  God would have used these as examples that Job would be familiar with.  Many of the dragon’s features resemble Satan, the great dragon (Revelation 12:9).  So dinosaurs do not in any way contradict the Bible.

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Aaron Salvato