“I know that you can do all things;
no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
3 You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know.
4 “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.’
5 My ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen you.
6 Therefore I despise myself
and repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:2-6, NIV)
These words are comforting. God, who can do all things. God, whose purposes cannot be thwarted. And Job, who realizes he doesn’t fully understand the things too wonderful for him to know.
7 After the Lord had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has. 8 So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.” 9 So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did what the Lord told them; and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer. (Job 42:7-9, NIV, emphasis added)
These words grip me. The Lord directs his attention to Job’s friends with a statement that cuts quick. His friends likely meant well. But they angered the Lord. They didn’t speak the truth about him. He thinks of their actions as folly.
Lord, these scriptures speak of humility. The first, where Job humbles himself before you. The second, where you humble his friends. I am reminded through this of your sovereignty and power. I am cautioned to be careful with my thoughts and words.