Daily Devotional Tuesday 28th September 2021

by William Moody

Job 40:1–14

40:1 And the LORD said to Job:

  “Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty?
    He who argues with God, let him answer it.”

Job Promises Silence

Then Job answered the LORD and said:

  “Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you?
    I lay my hand on my mouth.
  I have spoken once, and I will not answer;
    twice, but I will proceed no further.”

The Lord Challenges Job

Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:

  “Dress for action1 like a man;
    I will question you, and you make it known to me.
  Will you even put me in the wrong?
    Will you condemn me that you may be in the right?
  Have you an arm like God,
    and can you thunder with a voice like his?
10   “Adorn yourself with majesty and dignity;
    clothe yourself with glory and splendor.
11   Pour out the overflowings of your anger,
    and look on everyone who is proud and abase him.
12   Look on everyone who is proud and bring him low
    and tread down the wicked where they stand.
13   Hide them all in the dust together;
    bind their faces in the world below.2
14   Then will I also acknowledge to you
    that your own right hand can save you.


[1] 40:7 Hebrew Gird up your loins
[2] 40:13 Hebrew in the hidden place


The Lord challenges Job’s fault-finding (v2) and showing that despite that he was enduring, Job had no right to point the finger at God.

God’s revelation from the created world (chapters 38-39) made Job feel so small (v4). It also made Job slower to speak (v5).We need to be careful in giving our opinions, because we never have full knowledge of any situation.

God challenges Job again (v7, see 38 v3) to face up to what god is saying. Job is challenged again about condemning God (v8).

Do you have to confess a critical spirit towards the Lord? Pray about this.

Job challenged if he can be like God who speaks In a voice of thunder (v9), who has a glorious splendour (v10) and displays great power in bringing down the proud (v11-13)

Only if God can equal God in these things, will God then acknowledge Job is on his level (v14).

In God’s response in these chapters God’s great goal is to let Job see something of God’s unlimited greatness so that Job will have a vision in which God is so big and he is so small. Real spiritual growth happens when we begin to see our tremendous smallness in the light of the vastness of who God is.

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