An Audience with the Almighty

Ben Van Arragon

Read: Job 38:1-7; 40:1-14

Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?” (38:1-2)

Job’s journey through suffering is characterized by one desire: an audience with God. Job’s suffering is the Lord’s silence. Therefore, it should come as a relief to Job when the Lord shows up and starts talking. Finally, some answers!

Not so fast, Job. When the Lord speaks, he does not deliver a word of comfort or explanation. At no point does the Lord provide Job a reason for his ordeal. Instead, the Lord himself asks Job some questions: “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?” (38:4). “Who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb?” (38:8). “Have you commanded the morning since your days began?” (38:12). God’s point? Who are you to question me? Coming from anyone else, this would be unfair. But God is God. God owes no one—not even Job—an explanation.

In the seeming injustice of this exchange, we miss the marvel: that the God of the universe shows up! God parts the veil between heaven and earth and answers Job. Is there any greater gift than an audience with the Almighty? Job earned his audience through an ordeal. But we get the gift of an audience with God through Jesus, who faced the ordeal for us. Jesus invites us to address God as “Our Father” and guarantees that our Father is always listening. —Ben Van Arragon

Prayer: Our Father, thank you for Jesus, who assures me of an audience with you.