** **, greatly beloved…are you still unwilling to wholeheartedly trust Me? Concerning things yet to come, do you question Me about what the future holds for My children? Would you dictate to Me what the work of My hands should be? It is I Who made the Earth and created Mankind upon it! My Own hands stretched out the heavens; I alone marshaled their starry hosts! [Triune God…Isa 45:11-12]
Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind: Who is this that questions My wisdom
with such ignorant words? Brace yourself like a man, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them. Where were you when I laid the foundations of the Earth? Tell me, if you know so much. Who determined its dimensions and stretched out the surveying line? What supports its foundations, and who laid its cornerstone as the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? Who kept the sea inside its boundaries as it burst from the womb, and as I clothed it with clouds and wrapped it in thick darkness? For I locked it behind barred gates, limiting its shores. I said, This far and no farther will you come. Here your proud waves must stop! Have you explored the springs from which the seas come? Have you explored their depths? Do you know where the gates of death are located? Have you seen the gates of utter gloom? Do you realize the extent of the Earth? Tell me about it if you know! Where does light come from, and where does darkness go? Can you take each to its home? Do you know how to get there? But of course you know all this! For you were born before it was all created, and you are so very experienced! Can you direct the movement of the stars…binding the cluster of the Pleiades or loosening the cords of Orion? Can you direct the sequence of the seasons or guide the Bear with her cubs across the heavens? Do you know the laws of the universe? Can you use them to regulate the Earth? Then the Lord said to Job, Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?
Then Job replied to the Lord, I am nothing…how could I ever find the answers? I will cover my mouth with my hand. I have said too much already. I have nothing more to say.
Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind: Brace yourself like a man, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them. Will you discredit My justice and condemn Me just to prove you are right? Are you as strong as God? Can you thunder with a voice like His? All right, put on your glory and splendor, your honor and majesty! Give vent to your anger! Let it overflow against the proud! Humiliate the proud with a glance; walk on the wicked where they stand! Bury them in the dust! Imprison them in the world of the dead! Then even I would praise you, for your own strength would save you!
Then Job replied to the Lord: I know that You can do anything, and no one can stop You. You asked, Who is this that questions My wisdom with such ignorance? It is I…and I was talking about things I knew nothing about, things far too wonderful for me. You said, Listen and I will speak! I have some questions for you, and you must answer them. I had only heard about You before, but now I have seen You with my own eyes. I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.
After the Lord had finished speaking to Job, He said to Eliphaz the Temanite: I am angry with you and your two friends, for you have not spoken accurately about Me, as My servant Job has. So take seven bulls and seven rams and go to My servant Job and offer a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer on your behalf. I will not treat you as you deserve, for you have not spoken accurately about Me, as My servant Job has.
After Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before! Then all his brothers, sisters, and former friends came and feasted with him in his home. And they consoled him and comforted him because of all the trials the Lord had brought against him. And each of them brought him a gift of money and a gold ring. So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning! He also gave Job seven more sons and three more daughters. In all the land no women were as lovely as the daughters of Job. And their father put them into his will along with their brothers. Job lived 140 years after that, living to see four generations of his children and grandchildren. Then he died, an old man who had lived a long, full life. [Excerpts from Job 38:1-42:17]