The Lord appears in a whirlwind and says to Job, “Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you and you shall answer Me.” The Lord’s questions reveal that He is the God of all creation and He is sovereign over all things. God inquires of Job, “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know!” The Lord ends His challenge to Job by saying “Shall the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him? He who rebukes God, let him answer it.”
Job, no longer boasting in all of his good deeds, responds, “Behold, I am vile.”
The closer you draw to God through His word, the more magnificent He becomes and the more you become aware of your brokenness and your need for a Savior. Basically, when up against His holiness, we look pretty disgusting. But this is what makes the Good News such Good News! The more we see our sin problem, the more we see our need for a Savior, and the more deeply we fall in love with the Lord.
Throughout this story, whenever man is confronted with the Lord, he is overwhelmed with the Lord’s holiness. We are about to see another example in the Exodus Era with the life of Moses, when God appears to him at the burning bush. And later in the story, during the Divided Kingdom Era, we will meet a man named Isaiah. When Isaiah encounters the Lord, he says he is a man of unclean lips. However, a seraphim will touch his lips with coal and say, “Behold, this has touched your lips, your guilt is taken away, and your sin is atoned for” (Isaiah 6:7).
This is what God does for repentant sinners – He restores them. And that’s exactly what the Lord is doing by sending His Son Jesus. Jesus’ bloodshed will atone for the sins of those who trust Him as Lord and Savior. Jesus will lay down His life as the final atoning sacrifice so that we may be declared righteous and have a relationship with the Lord through faith in His Son.
Tomorrow, we will see the Lord restore Job, a repentant sinner, bringing an end to the book of Job and the Patriarch Era. So keep reading! (Job 38:1-40:5)