Job 38:4 Where were you when I laid the foundation of the world? Tell me, if you understand.
Job, as righteous as he was, could not understand why those troubles are happening to him. At many times, he began to doubt the goodness of God. Is God just? Is He always true in His judgments? Has He dealt righteously with me? Why am I suffering these? Job began to slowly doubt God this as the story unfolds. God has been quiet through the whole discussion but finally He speaks. “Who is this that questions my counsel? Where were you when I laid the foundation of the world?” The next couple of chapters bring forth dozens of questions from God to Job. And Job can answer none of them. And that is the point why God ask the question to Job. God was acting in power and knowledge of all things before Job (or us) even existed!
We also, like Job, can doubt the goodness or justice of God in times of prolonged difficulty. Does He care? Does He know what I’m going through? Why has He allowed this? In times like this we need to remember this question of God to Job because it shows us again the wisdom and power of our God. He knows all things. He controls all things. He allows that which comes into the lives of His people. And He cares. He cared for Job and He cares for us. But He cares too much to not allow things that will come into our lives that would force us to press into Him and learn more of who He is.
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