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Job 38-42 - True Calm In The Storm

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Alphonso The 10th, King of Spain in 13th Century:
Preaching the Word: Job—The Wisdom of the Cross Chapter 32: The Lord’s First Speech, Part 1: What Wonderful Knowledge (Job 38:1–38)

HAD I BEEN PRESENT AT THE CREATION I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe.”

In other words: I could do a better job than God! Alphonso wasn’t the first to think like this, and certainly wasn’t the last. We all think it, whenever we question the way things are or the things that happen.
It’s exactly what Job was doing when we saw him last time: demanding that God give an account of himself and explain his actions in allowing poor old Job to suffer.
And we can understand that. If God would just explain himself from time-to-time, let us know why he’s doing this or that, it would be a big help. We might even get the kind of peace we crave, the peace Job craved – true calm in the storm.
As we struggle through trials, illnesses, heartaches, loss – we’re desperate for answers, for some sense of purpose, to know that this is all somehow worth it.
Since Job’s final lament and plea, a fourth friend – Elihu – has offered his lengthy opinion. As he doesn’t say much that hasn’t already been said, we won’t be looking at chapters 32-37!
But now, in chapters 38-42, God speaks. It’s a very gripping moment, highly dramatic (“Out of the storm”!). As readers we are on tenterhooks. We’ve been swept along with Job, we feel his desperation, we share his anticipation of answers from the Almighty.
So as God speaks, what answers does he give? None! Instead he asks a lot of questions – four chapters worth!
Is Job disappointed? Deflated? Angry? Giving up on God? No. Job sees God, and that’s enough.
Job 42:5 NIV

My ears had heard of you

but now my eyes have seen you.

And what we discover, with Job, is that…
True calm is found in the storm by…

1. Seeing God in His Power

As Job cries “What are you doing?” God says: “stop and look at things as they really are.”
The Lord points out that He’s powerfully in control…

Sustaining the World

Job 38:1–4 NIV

Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:

“Who is this that obscures my plans

with words without knowledge?

Brace yourself like a man;

I will question you,

and you shall answer me.

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?

Tell me, if you understand.

Where were you when I created the world? Who did it?
Job 38:5 NIV

Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!

Who stretched a measuring line across it?

How was it done?
Job 38:6–7 NIV

On what were its footings set,

or who laid its cornerstone—

while the morning stars sang together

and all the angels shouted for joy?

Have you noticed how one day always come after another? Have you ever brought in a new day?
Job 38:12 NIV

“Have you ever given orders to the morning,

or shown the dawn its place,

Have you discovered the source of everything? Where all things begin?
Job 38:16–19 NIV

“Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea

or walked in the recesses of the deep?

Have the gates of death been shown to you?

Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?

Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?

Tell me, if you know all this.

“What is the way to the abode of light?

And where does darkness reside?

Do you know where water comes from? The gateway to death? Light and dark? The weather? Snow, hail, lightning, wind, rain, ice?
Can you control the stars and planets?
Job 38:31–33 NIV

“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades?

Can you loosen Orion’s belt?

Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons

or lead out the Bear with its cubs?

Do you know the laws of the heavens?

Can you set up God’s dominion over the earth?

Do you feed all the wild animals?
Job 38:39 NIV

“Do you hunt the prey for the lioness

and satisfy the hunger of the lions

Job 39:19–21 NIV

“Do you give the horse its strength

or clothe its neck with a flowing mane?

Do you make it leap like a locust,

striking terror with its proud snorting?

It paws fiercely, rejoicing in its strength,

and charges into the fray.

Did you give flight to the eagle?
Job 39:26–27 NIV

“Does the hawk take flight by your wisdom

and spread its wings toward the south?

Does the eagle soar at your command

and build its nest on high?

And on it goes! Eventually, Job gets it…
Job 40:3–5 NIV

Then Job answered the LORD:

“I am unworthy—how can I reply to you?

I put my hand over my mouth.

I spoke once, but I have no answer—

twice, but I will say no more.”

But there’s still an unanswered question. What about all the evil? That’s what’s causing all the pain! God says that he’s not only sustaining the world, but he’s also…

Restraining Evil

Job 40:6–9 NIV

Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm:

“Brace yourself like a man;

I will question you,

and you shall answer me.

“Would you discredit my justice?

Would you condemn me to justify yourself?

Do you have an arm like God’s,

and can your voice thunder like his?

Where is your strong arm to control evil?
Job 40:8–14 NIV

“Would you discredit my justice?

Would you condemn me to justify yourself?

Do you have an arm like God’s,

and can your voice thunder like his?

Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor,

and clothe yourself in honor and majesty.

Unleash the fury of your wrath,

look at all who are proud and bring them low,

look at all who are proud and humble them,

crush the wicked where they stand.

Bury them all in the dust together;

shroud their faces in the grave.

Then I myself will admit to you

that your own right hand can save you.

Can you bring down the proud? Deal with the wicked?
Job 40:11–12 NIV

Unleash the fury of your wrath,

look at all who are proud and bring them low,

look at all who are proud and humble them,

crush the wicked where they stand.

The rest of what God says concerns two untameable creatures: Behemoth and Leviathan. The Lord isn’t just talking about his power to control animals. He’s done that already. This is different, and what he says here brings Job to his knees.
Job mentioned Leviathan when he was desperate for someone to curse the day of his birth…
Job 3:8 NIV

May those who curse days curse that day,

those who are ready to rouse Leviathan.

In the Bible, Leviathan is pictured as God’s big enemy. But look what happens to this terrifying creature…
Psalm 74:12–14 NIV

But God is my King from long ago;

he brings salvation on the earth.

It was you who split open the sea by your power;

you broke the heads of the monster in the waters.

It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan

and gave it as food to the creatures of the desert.

God tore Leviathan to pieces! Isaiah pictures leviathan being slain on the day of salvation…
Isaiah 27:1 NIV

In that day,

the LORD will punish with his sword—

his fierce, great and powerful sword—

Leviathan the gliding serpent,

Leviathan the coiling serpent;

he will slay the monster of the sea.

Who is being talked about here? On one level, it’s all that stands opposed to God. All that causes disorder, all that is against God’s design and glory. Can we think of anyone who fits that description? Satan! The one who brought all this pain and suffering down on Job’s head.
Can you tame Behemoth Job? Can you tame Leviathan?
Job 41:1–5 NIV

“Can you pull in Leviathan with a fishhook

or tie down its tongue with a rope?

Can you put a cord through its nose

or pierce its jaw with a hook?

Will it keep begging you for mercy?

Will it speak to you with gentle words?

Will it make an agreement with you

for you to take it as your slave for life?

Can you make a pet of it like a bird

or put it on a leash for the young women in your house?

If you ever do try, you won’t try again!
Job 41:8 NIV

If you lay a hand on it,

you will remember the struggle and never do it again!

No one is able to tame him, except God!
Job 41:9–11 NIV

Any hope of subduing it is false;

the mere sight of it is overpowering.

No one is fierce enough to rouse it.

Who then is able to stand against me?

Who has a claim against me that I must pay?

Everything under heaven belongs to me.

Job has felt like an uncontrollable monster has been attacking him relentlessly. But now he discovers that God has him on a tight lead, like a pet dog!
Job 41:1–2 NIV

“Can you pull in Leviathan with a fishhook

or tie down its tongue with a rope?

Can you put a cord through its nose

or pierce its jaw with a hook?

Job 41:5–6 NIV

Can you make a pet of it like a bird

or put it on a leash for the young women in your house?

Will traders barter for it?

Will they divide it up among the merchants?

So, as he hears God speaking out of the raging storm, Job discovers true calm: God really is in control – sustaining and restraining! None of what has happened has been a mistake. It’s all in God’s sovereign authority.
We need to see this too, don’t we? When it all feels chaotic and disordered, we can rest assured that in his sovereign power God is sustaining the world and restraining evil.
What Job saw in shadows we see in the light of the cross…
Colossians 2:15 NIV

And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

Does anything seem more chaotic and disastrous than the crucifixion? God himself nailed to wood, bleeding and dying. A crown of thorns instead of the crown of glory he deserves. Jeers and insults instead of the praise and adoration rightfully his. And yet in that very moment, God is acting out his sovereign plan and purpose to redeem sinners, and he is disarming and defeating the very enemy that is crushing him!
Satan might hurt us with suffering now; but because of the cross he is a weakened enemy whose power is about to be destroyed forever.
And therefore, we can find true comfort in the storms he creates by seeing God in his might power, and…

2. In His Provision Through Perseverance

Job makes it through the storm and what God gives in the end eclipses all he took away at the beginning.
Job 42:12–16 NIV

The LORD blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. And he also had seven sons and three daughters. The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch. Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.

After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation.

But let’s not for a moment think that this is what brought calm in the storm. All this is not the real prize for Job. That happened in v5…
Job 42:5 NIV

My ears had heard of you

but now my eyes have seen you.

Job now sees God as he is and falls in repentance and faith before him. It’s the same pattern for everyone who believes. What we gain in the next life will make all that we lose in this life seem worthwhile…
2 Corinthians 4:17–18 NIV

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Imagine going on a long voyage to a remote and exotic land, far away! But on the way you are battered by storms and very nearly shipwrecked. Might question whether it’s worth the pain and terror. But when you finally arrive at your exotic location, you immediately know it was worth going through the storms to get here! And soon enough you have forgotten all about the horrible journey.
What makes it worth going through the storms of this life? What is so great about our final destination? God himself! That’s our treasure, our hope, our joy everlasting! We might question whether it’s worth it now, but there will be no doubt then.
And all these light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that outweighs them all. But in what sense are they achieving?
Paul means that God uses the troubles to give us the perseverance to receive that eternal glory.
James uses Job as an example of this…
James 5:11 NIV

As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

At the start of his letter…
James 1:2–3 NIV

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

God allows us the trials, to give us the perseverance, to inherit all he has prepared!
Through his trials he has given Job…

Perseverance in the Battle

Job hasn’t suffered despite being a believer – he’s suffered because he’s a believer. Satan is at war with God and Job’s life is the battle ground.
Do you remember how it all started? God identified Job as a true believer. Satan challenges it. God permits him to try to discredit it. The storm rages but Job’s faith is proved real.
This battle found its climax in Jesus… And so in all who follow.
Satan says “I’ll prove they’re not real.” God lets him try. He’ll use Satan’s work to provide perseverance through it. Because it is the stripping away that develops a…

Perseverance in Faith

It’s in the storm that we discover Job craving God more than ever!
He waits on God. He pleads with God. He longs for God. He cries out to God. He worships God. Seen most clearly in his prayers. It’s no surprise that in the end God calls on him to pray for his three friends.
Job has learnt that it is better to trust God than demand answers. It is better to know God than be free from pain! He discovers true calm within the storm…
Isn’t that what we need as well? Better than knowing all the answers, is knowing God.
Seeing more of God in it. Persevering with God through it. In order to have God without limit!
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