Questions that Embolden

“The man declares,..
    I am weary, O God, and worn out.
Surely I am too stupid to be a man.
    I have not the understanding of a man.
I have not learned wisdom,
    nor have I knowledge of the Holy One.
Who has ascended to heaven and come down?
    Who has gathered the wind in his fists?
Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment?
    Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and what is his son’s name?
    Surely you know!

Every word of God proves true;
    he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” Proverbs 30:1-5

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?..
Who determined its measurements…
    Or who stretched the line upon it?
On what were its bases sunk,
    or who laid its cornerstone,
when the morning stars sang together
    and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

“Or who shut in the sea with doors
    when it burst out from the womb,
when I made clouds its garment
    and thick darkness its swaddling band,
and prescribed limits for it
    and set bars and doors,
and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
    and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?

“Have you commanded the morning..,
    and caused the dawn to know its place?..
Have the gates of death been revealed to you,
    or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth?..

“Who has cleft a channel for the torrents of rain
    and a way for the thunderbolt,
to bring rain on a land where no man is,
    on the desert in which there is no man,
to satisfy the waste and desolate land,
    and to make the ground sprout with grass?..
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’?
Who has put wisdom in the inward parts
    or given understanding to the mind?
Who can number the clouds by wisdom?
    Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens?” Job 38:4-12,16-18,25-27,33-37

The question is a remarkable proposition. In its very nature of seeking a reply it admits an inquisitiveness, a not knowing, a certain humility and willingness to listen and learn. Arrogance bristles at hard questions. In the independence of autonomy that claims expertise and struts superior ability, the challenge of an unknown can be unsettling. The Scriptures post many questions that, when read, asked, or answered honestly, put us in our place before the omniscient God.

Taking time to ponder God’s questions of us does much to make us small. Small is a good place to be to contemplate and understand His greatness and enrich praise, and to magnify His wisdom and power that train us in dependence and gratitude. Once He’s larger in our eyes, we can bring our questions to Him with confidence and expectancy.

When do we recite the musings of the Lord, and how do they change our attitude in worship and view of circumstances? What questions that we have for Him can be swallowed up in His majesty to bring hope and peace? (Isaiah 40:18-31; Job 39:1-42:6)

Lord, keep questioning me toward honest confession and belief, and embolden me by Your Spirit to live Your answers to Your glory.

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