Job 38 Commentary
It’s not unusual to see the LORD speak out of a storm. At Mount Sinai, the LORD spoke from under similar conditions. A cloudy surrounding is a constant display of mystery and unreachability. It also speaks of the otherness of God. We don’t belong in the same living space.
“Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? Verse 2. There is a plan in place for Job’s suffering. It’s not needless. The LORD is doing something more important. How dare Job diminishes the plans of the LORD this way by uttering words out of context?
Then the LORD takes Job on a trip back to creation. This is our starting point. I’m doing something fundamental to existence itself. I’m recreating life again. There is importance beyond what you can know and see. The LORD seems to draw Job’s attention to the happenings in the Garden of peace and tranquility. “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.”
Probably to dispel the fear that life goes on without a formula or control, the LORD makes reference to the fact of His ultimate control over elements of creation. “This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt.” Verse 11. Unlike the views expressed previously, the LORD is firmly in control of events and the times.
The LORD points to the various life-sustaining processes for various creatures. Nothing is by accident. The LORD is over the entire existence spectrum. Humans are simply part of it.
Interestingly, the LORD hasn’t answered any of the questions presented by Job. Probably because when the LORD appears, the problems disappear. You start wondering why you even called in the first place. You simply sit down awestruck and bemused. The LORD is not yet done; so we have tomorrow for yet another speech from the LORD in chapter 39.
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