Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm. He said: “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge?” (Job 38:1–2, NIV 2011).
My Musings – With this verse, one of my favorite passages in the Old Testament begins. It goes on for four chapters. Well worth taking the time to read. If it does not humble you, then something is wrong. But I digress.
I’ve read this numerous times, but this time one word jumped out at me, with an insight I had not seen in other translations. The word “plans” is substituted for “counsel.” Upon further research, the word counsel is described as “a plan, as opposed to a whim or caprice.” What was happening to Job was not some cosmic wager that Satan maneuvered God into. It was actually God’s plan. And God does not do anything without a good purpose. It is not for us to question, second-guess or even question, which He makes abundantly clear in the four chapters mentioned. Why? How about He is God and we are not? How about He is good and we are not. How about He can be trusted to always do what is right, and we cannot.
My Advice – Going through a rough patch. Don’t question God’s purposes. Continue to trust in His goodness and righteousness. He is just as much God when it is raining as He is when the sun is shining.