A Word about Impudence

Jeff Munroe

Read: Job 38:1-11; 42:1-6

Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? (38:4 KJV)

The book of Job is a long poem, long admired by literary figures such as Alfred Lord Tennyson, who called it “the greatest poem of ancient and modern times,” and theological figures such as Martin Luther, who said that Job is “magnificent and sublime as no other book of Scripture.”

I’m sure that you’re familiar with the basic story: Job loses everything and then, after long speeches by his “friends,” Job lodges his own complaints against God and looks for vindication. God answers, beginning in chapter 38 and going all the way through chapter 41. God doesn’t offer an explanation for anything that has happened to Job—a point we lose sight of when we seek logical reasons and rationales after tragedy happens. No, God doesn’t offer answers; instead, he asks Job a litany of questions that make Job’s complaints irrelevant. We visit creation again, with God asking where Job was when God was constructing the universe, or where Job was when the morning stars first sang together or when the boundaries of the oceans were established.

Job had been looking for answers, but he received some- thing far more important, something so great that it caused Job to repent: instead of answers, he received the presence of God: “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear, but now mine eye seeth thee” is one of the Bible’s greatest lines. Don’t we all long to have a clear vision of the Lord? —Jeff Munroe

As you pray, ask to see God clearly.