God's Questions Are Really Answers

John DeJong

READ : Job 40:1-14
Job 42:1-6

By God’s questions Job is encouraged to open his eyes to the marvels of God’s creation, providence and the message of eternal hope. Job will never again ask questions of God concerning the very things that were before his eyes all the time.

We can answer God’s questions, technically. We have walked on the ocean floor. We know the earth’s size down to a millimeter. We know the home of light and where darkness lives. We’ve been where snow and hail are kept. We know from whence the lightning leaps and can track the blowing of the east wind. We know so much that we believe it’s only a matter of time until we have all the answers. Where has all the wonder gone?

One night I was carrying my youngest daughter down a quiet, small-town street. She was looking up with wonder into a clear, star-strewn Kansas sky. I said to her, “Did you know that God put each one of those stars in its place in the sky?” She said “Uh-huh,” then looked up silently for the longest time, finally asking, “Did he use a ladder?” Oh for the naivete of a child, the ignorance of primitive man!

The final words of Job are the best. “You have the power to do what you want. I have heard about you from others; now I have seen you with my own eyes.” These are my words too! How about you?


Father, You are all powerful. Let our words spring forth from humility and trumpet Your praise. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.