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In our last look at the Book of Job, we saw that the Lord God Creator continued to ask Job questions he just could not answer, because Job was not God. He did not know all things the way our Father does, nor could he instruct His creations about how they should behave. Job was finally reduced to silence, but after God humbled him, he did speak:

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The study of God’s questions to Job has been an enlightening endeavor. I have been filled with wonder as I have looked at the Lord’s challenging questions to a man who had suffered the loss of almost everything. In so doing, He questions us, as well. We will be benefited by considering the Lord’s inscrutable sovereignty as we encounter the trials of life, which sometimes cause us to rage against what we may consider unfair, unnecessary, and even cruel.

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In this entry, we will look at the 39th chapter of Job, which begins with this question from God:

“Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Do you observe the calving of the does? Can you number the months that they fulfill, and do you know the time when they give birth, when they crouch, bring forth their offspring, and are delivered of their young? (Job 39:1–3).1

Job, of course, had no answer.

And neither do we.

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In this post, we will continue to look at how the Lord challenged Job with questions he simply could not answer. We will not cover all His unfathomable queries, but this is a representative example:

“Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that a flood of waters may cover you? Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go and say to you, ‘Here we are’?” (Job 38:34–35). 1

Job was unable to cry out to clouds and make them bring rain. He did not have the power to create lightning.

This was an obvious conclusion, but one that Job did not bother to consider when he doubted God.

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In this next series of articles, I’d like to look at the questions the Lord asked Job in the Book of Job. We should prepare ourselves for a humbling, challenging ride. It will not be long before we will be forced to admit with Job that we are foolish when think we have the right to judge the Lord God of the universe and question His workings and His ways.

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