Lent Devotional: Job 26

by Jonathan Haefs

Job 26 (click here)
Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways, and how small a whisper do we hear of him! But the thunder of his power who can understand? (Job 26:14)

Job has had enough! He cuts Bildad’s last speech short and we will hear no more from these “friends.” They have tried to explain the ways of God, but Job reminds them that we only see the outskirts of his ways. Yes, God has revealed himself, but he has also concealed himself… and there is much we do not know about his purposes.

God has revealed enough of himself for us to truly trust him, but not so much of himself for us to exhaustively explain him!

We hear enough of his thunder to know that he is powerful, good, and right… but we do not see enough to always know when, where, and why his lightning strikes.

None of this means that we cannot know God or have confidence about who he is. When we say that there is much we do not know about his ways and purposes… we do not mean that we don’t know who he is! He has made himself known… supremely in Jesus. We know WHO, but we don’t always know WHY… the irony is that if you truly know WHO he is, then you are more ok with not always knowing WHY.

*The complete SVCC Lenten reading guide is available here.