THE SERVANT GENERAL
LESSONS OF JOB
THE MYSTERY OF GOD
is the Almighty!
reveals who He is through the prophet Isaiah. He is the Creator-God.
“For thus says the Lord, the creator of the heavens,
who is God, the designer and maker of the earth who established
it” (Is 45:18).
a similar way, God also revealed Himself to Job. God asks
Job a series of questions, speaking of His wisdom and power
that are totally beyond the capability of Job. God starts
off by establishing who He is -- the Creator-God. “Where
were you when I founded the earth?” (Job 38:4a).
God the Almighty is totally inscrutable, as His rapid-fire
questions to Job indicate. Job could only feebly answer, “Behold,
I am of little account; what can I answer you?” (Job
40:4). God presses on, speaking of His creations Behemoth
and Leviathan. Job again answered, “I have dealt
with great things that I do not understand; things too wonderful
for me, which I cannot know.” (Job 42:3).
is inscrutable; God is a mystery; God is the Almighty. Isaiah
and Elihu both speak about the mystery of God.
God is hidden from us. “Truly with you God is hidden”
(Is 45:15a). Elihu says He is “The Almighty! we cannot
discover him” (Job 37:23a).
God is totally unique. “I am the Lord, there is no
other” (Is 45:6b,18d,22c). Elihu says He is “pre-eminent
in power and judgment” (Job 37:23b).
cannot question God. “Woe to him who contends with
his Maker; .... Dare the clay say to its modeler, ‘What
are you doing?’ .... Woe to him who asks a father,
‘What are you begetting?’” (Is 45:9-10).
Elihu says “his great justice owes no one an accounting”
Now part of the mystery of God, which Job could not figure
out, is God’s seeming tolerance or allowing both good
and evil in the world. Indeed, God confirms this. “I
form the light, and create the darkness, I make well-being
and create woe; I, the Lord, do all these things.”
(Is 45:7). Job experienced both. God tremendously blessed
him, and then God allowed him to be severely afflicted.
are we to handle it all? Well, we cannot fully understand
God, as we have already seen, because His ways are mysterious.
This is why we need to turn to God’s revelation of Himself.
And that is: He is just and righteous. And even more importantly,
He is the Savior.
“It was I who stirred up one for the triumph of justice”
(Is 45:13a,NAB). “I have aroused him in righteousness”
in the Lord are just deeds and power” (Is 45:24a,NAB).
“Only in the Lord, it shall be said of me, are righteousness
and strength” (Is 45:24a,RSV).
justice descend, O heavens, .... Let the earth open and
salvation bud forth; let justice also spring up!”
(Is 45:8,NAB). “Shower, O heavens, from above, and
let the skies rain down righteousness; let the earth open,
that salvation may sprout forth, and let it cause righteousness
to spring up also” (Is 45:8,RSV).
We cannot fully understand God. But we know enough, that He
is the savior. In fact, we have not seen God, but God came
to us in the form of a man, and He is Jesus. Jesus is our
Savior. “Truly with you God is hidden, the God of Israel,
the savior!” (Is 45:15).
our Savior is a just and righteous God. He is totally unique.
“There is no just and saving God but me.” (Is
45:21d,NAB). “And there is no other god besides me,
a righteous God and a Savior; there is none besides me.”
tells Israel, and us who are the new Israel, that we have
been saved by Him. “Israel, you are saved by the Lord,
saved forever!” (Is 45:17). That should be more than
enough for us. No more questions are needed. No more doubts
ought to be entertained.
If we have such a God, one who is a just and righteous Savior,
then this must elicit the proper response from us. Elihu,
after speaking about God (Job 37:23), speaks about our proper
response: “Therefore men revere him, though none can
see him, however wise their hearts.” (Job 37:24). We
respond in reverential fear and in humility.
should we do?
We must continue to listen to His divine revelation. “I
will listen for the word of God” (Ps 85:9a). It is
God who reveals Himself to us, and who shows us the way
we are to go, which is the way of peace. “Let me hear
what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to
his people” (Ps 85:8a,RSV). Job listened to God in
silence and humility, and God restored him and brought him
are to be faithful to His revealed ways. God proclaims peace
“to the faithful” (Ps 85:9b). We are to be obedient
to His commands, and live a life of holiness.
are to “trust in him” (Ps 85:9c). Whatever happens
to us in life, we trust in Jesus who is just and righteous,
and who loves us with an eternal love. “Turn to me
and be safe” (Is 45:22a,NAB). “Turn to me and
be saved” (Is 45:22a,RSV). In Jesus we are saved;
in Jesus we are safe.
to be loyal to the cause of Christ. “Near indeed is
salvation for the loyal” (Ps 85:10a). We are to evangelize,
proclaiming Christ to all, so that they might experience
the salvation won for them on the cross. “Surely his
salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that glory
may dwell in our land.” (Ps 85:9,RSV).
When we do the above, what is the result? Bountiful blessings!
God restored Job’s blessings twofold. For us God assures:
Salvation and glory (Ps 85:10,NAB/9,RSV)
and truth/faithfulness, justice/righteousness and peace
and good fortune (Ps 85:14)
and glory (Is 45:25)
Job’s life was transformed from great adversity to great
blessings. This is how our Savior acts. Jesus brings us from
out of darkness into his marvelous light. He plucks us from
death and into life -- an abundant life on earth, and eternal
we are suffering great adversity, know that God can and will
reverse our fortunes. He is the Almighty for whom nothing
is impossible. Jesus makes the blind see, the lame walk, the
lepers clean, the deaf hear, the dead raised to life (Lk 7:22).
During his public ministry, Jesus brought wholeness to people
as he “cured many of their diseases, sufferings, and
evil spirits” (Lk 7:21a). God did the same for Job.
God healed him of his physical affliction, removed his extreme
suffering, and stayed the hand of Satan against him.
most importantly, just as Jesus “granted sight to many
who were blind” (Lk 7:21b), God opened Job’s eyes
to truly see. “I had heard of you by word of mouth,
but now my eye has seen you.” (Job 42:5). Because he
saw God for who He truly was, Job was content. Job was secure
in his full acceptance of the Almighty, trusting only in His
justice and righteousness.
 The hippopotamus.
 The crocodile.
 God permits evil for the sake of a greater good.
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