During the worst time of Job’s life, God came and talked with him. Job was so utterly confused by the horrible things that had happened to him — literally horrified with the bad news that had come in wave after wave.
First, a messenger came to tell him that as his 500 yoke of oxen and 500 donkeys were feeding, the Sabeans had killed all of them with swords. Secondly, another came to tell him that fire had burned up all of his 7,000 sheep and servants. Thirdly, yet another came to tell him that the Chaldeans had killed more servants and stolen all of his 3,000 camels.
Finally, even another came to tell him that all of his sons and daughters were killed in a tornado. Job tore off his clothes, shaved his head, and fell down on the ground and worshipped God. “And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” (Job 1:21-22, KJV).
All alone, except for his wife, Job still knew that God was in charge and could do whatever was pleasing to Him. Then, another wave of misery came upon him. He was smitten with boils from the bottom of his feet to the top of his head. His wife even tried to get him to curse God and die, but Job was steadfast in his faith. He knew he had done nothing to anger God, and he also knew that he had lived his life uprightly and had always helped others and dealt fairly in business. He loved God more than his own life.
Job had three friends who came to “comfort” him. One accused him of hidden sins. Another tried to say that Job’s children had sinned, and that Job was a hypocrite. The third tried to claim that Job was selfish and did not help the poor. Job maintained his innocence against these “comforting” friends and their words of wisdom.
These three friends gave up on trying to talk to Job, thinking that Job was only righteous in his own eyes. Then a fourth friend comes in and angrily accuses Job of sinning when he was a teenager. Well, with this, God had had enough. “Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?” (Job 38:1-2).
He asks who can understand how He laid the foundations of the earth — who shut up the sea with doors and said to the proud waves where they would stop. He asks 74 questions about understanding how He created everything in heaven and earth. When He finishes questioning, He demands an answer from Job. Job says that all he knows is that God can do everything and that no thoughts can be hidden from him. He also says that he does not understand God’s ways, because they are too wonderful for him to understand. Because of God’s greatness, Job abhors himself.
God is pleased with this honesty, praise, and honor given to Him, and He turns to the “friends” of Job in anger. He tells these friends that He will not even hear their prayers, because they were nothing in wisdom or faith compared to Job. The only way He will forgive them is if Job prays for them. “And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” (Job 42:10).
One of the many lessons in the story of Job’s life is that God is the Creator of each of us, the world we live in, and the future Heaven or Hell where we will spend eternity. We do not always understand why things happen. Even when we understand nothing that is going on in our lives, God is honored when we are honest about it and only say that we do not understand, because He is too wonderful to understand. We then wait on the Lord to provide “in His Wisdom” whatever He sees fit.
In the very beginning, God created the earth, everything in it, and gave it boundaries. “And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called the Seas: and God saw that it was good.” Gen 1:9-10.
One of the questions He asked Job (as a reminder of His own creation), “Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?
When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,
And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors, And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?” (Job 38: 8-11).
Jesus controls the waves as well, as the only begotten son of God. “And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” (Mark 4:37-39).
God controls the waves of the ocean and He controls the waves in our lives. We are to trust in His awesome power and control and lean on Him.