Now onto today’s passage. Today’s passage is Job 38:1-18. Let’s go!
Job 38:1-3 (NIV) 1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm. He said: 2 “Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge? 3 Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.
On verses 1-18: Here we see the Lord’s long awaited reply to Job. Interestingly, God does not directly answer Job’s question about the reason for his suffering. Rather, in response to Job’s adversarial and confrontational way of approaching God, God asks Job all sorts of questions about the origins of the universe that Job cannot answer.
Notice verse 1 says that the Lord answered Job “out of the storm”. The storm being referred to here could possibly be an actual weather storm going on while the Lord is speaking to Job. The “storm” is also referring to the spiritual, emotional, physical, social, and financial torment that Job has faced in losing his family, his fortune, his friends and his health.
No matter what the storm, it is safe to say that Job had never heard God speak this way prior to the storm. It is as if for the first time Job is hearing the voice of God.
What can we learn from this? Some of the most important words and lessons you will ever hear from God will come out of the biggest storms of your life.
Here’s a question for you: when you look back at the biggest storms you have encountered in life, what lessons did God teach you out of those storms? What words was God speaking to you out of those storms? Always hang on to those lessons and words. May they be a reminder and an encouragement to you and others.
Heavenly Father, thank You that You are not silent in the storm, but You speak out of the storm. Thank You for every lesson and word You have spoken to me out of the biggest storms of my life. Just as diamonds come out of a deep, dark place in the earth, so some of Your most precious words and lessons to us will come out of the deepest, darkest places of our lives. May I hang on to these precious words and lessons whenever I or others go through storms. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!