Chapter-a-Day Job 38

Oops. "Why do you confuse the issue? Why do you talk without knowing what you're talking about?" Job 38:2 (MSG)

As a young man, I found myself as a guest at dinner table of V.I.P.s. The keynote at this dinner was a politician who was on the national stage and a was considered a serious contender for the White House should he think about running in the upcoming Presidential elections. At my table were a gaggle of his key aids and politically connected cohorts.

I like to think of myself as an intelligent person and I wanted to pretend that I belonged with this well connected and influential group.  I did my best to make conversation. I asked about the Senator's schedule and where else he was speaking. I asked about the Senator's thoughts on a potential run for the White House. I inquired about the Senator's views on certain political subjects. As the dinner went on, I got the distinct impression that something was wrong. The people at the table, the ones I desperately wanted to impress, were treating me like I was an idiot.

I was, in fact, an idiot. I later realized that the keynote was not a Senator but a member of the House of Representatives. With every question I asked about "the Senator" I declared my own basic ignorance. At a table full of political heavy hitters, I struck out several times over during the meal. I was clearly way out of my league.

When God finally answers Job and asks, "Why do you talk without knowing what you're talking about?" I had a flashback to that humiliating moment of realization. And yet, sometimes God uses our own discomfort and humiliation to teach us a valuable lesson or two.

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One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Job 38”

  1. There is nothing like a good butt-chewing from God to put you in your place. I love the language in this chapter. It describes how God cares about all of the unique things of nature. “As the sun brings everything to light,
    brings out all the colors and shapes,”…Can you imagine God enjoying the sunrise over His creation?

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