Despicable! My cousin disgustingly utters “des-pi-ca-ble” emphasizing every syllable when a game move places her at a disadvantage.
This is where we find Job when God, after demonstrating His power and omnipotence as Creator, pauses and lets Job humbly whisper, “I am unworthy—how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth” (40:4). The Hebrew for “unworthy” means to “lightly esteem” or in this sense “contemptible;” otherwise “despicable.” Probably Job wished for a big eraser so he could wipe away his previous statement: “Then I could explain everything I have done. I could come to God with my head held high like a prince” (31:37, ERV).
God spoke to Job out of the storm (40:6) where one who is suffering is often found; in the storm. He challenged Job, “Would you discredit my justice?” God was not running Job’s world in Job’s desired way. Therefore, God mockingly said, “Unleash (your) fury… crush the wicked… Then I myself will admit to you that your own right hand can save you” (40:11-12, 14, NIV). Come on, Job, step aside; let God be your Savior. Let God be God, performing His justice to do right.
Leviathan and Behemoth (perhaps powers of evil) showed God was in control and Job was helpless in his own power. Therefore Job penitently states, “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted….My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes” (40:2 & 5) The Hebrew word nāham for “repent” extends past “to be sorry, repent” to “to console oneself” or “be comforted.” Perhaps Job was comforted by his Creator and Savior because he repented.
In these chapters we see a humbled, repentant Job, perhaps even while he was still suffering, All this happened without God revealing the reason to Job for his suffering. Could this be so we who presently suffer in silence without answers can proclaim with Job, “I heard about you from others; now I have seen you with my own eyes” (Job 42:5)?
Question of the day: What needs to occur in our lives so we can see God with our own eyes?
Father, in the words of Paul Joseph Baloche’s song:
Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see You
I want to see You
To see You high and lifted up
Shinin' in the light of Your glory
Pour out Your power and love
As we sing holy, holy, holy