Job: The Outer Fringe of His Work

by Bethany

Today’s Readings: Job 25-26


As his friends continue advising him, their speeches get shorter and ruder. In their final conversation, although Zophar does not mutter a word, Bildad briefly offers his unchanged position. Yet, since he still cannot connect his theology with Job’s suffering, he continues to argue that Job is an obstinate and unrepentant sinner: “Dominion and awe belong to God … How then can a mortal be righteous before God? … If even the moon is not bright and the stars are not pure in his eyes, how much less a mortal, who is but a maggot – a human being, who is only a worm!” [1].


In his final reply to his friends, Job sarcastically thanks his friends for their help [2] and then turns in awe to the greatness and majesty of the Lord: “He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing. He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight. He covers the face of the full moon, spreading his clouds over it. He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters for a boundary between light and darkness … And these are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of him!” [3]. Job sees the grandiose character of God and is lost in His distance.


Although Job saw only the outer fringe of His work and heard only His faint whisper, we have seen the glory of the Lord in the person of Jesus Christ: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth … No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known” [4].


Lord, Although You are not distant, sometimes it feels like You are. When we suffer, our hearts can be like that of the Psalmist, who simultaneously trusted and doubted You: “You are God my stronghold. Why have you rejected me?” [5]. Yet, we pray that You would send us Your light and Your faithful care to lead us to You, our joy and our delight. Give us undivided hearts that we may fear Your name [6]. Amen.


[1] Job 25:2, 4-6 NIV  |  [2] Job 25:2-3 NIV  |  [3] Job 25:7-14 NIV  |  [4] John 1:14, 18 NIV  |  [5] Psalm 43:2 NIV  |  [6] See Psalm 86:11

3 Comments to “Job: The Outer Fringe of His Work”

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