JOB 42:1-3: “Then Job answered the Lord and said: “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.” (ESV
OBSERVATION: Where does the pathway of salvation begin? Does it begin when we realize that we are sinners? Does it begin when we realize the Word of God is truth? Or does it begin when we have a revelation of who God is?
Job had been continually contending for his righteousness. His friends had been continually contending for his sinfulness. Job had accused God of not caring, not listening, and not answering his plea. Both Job and his friends did not understand the nature of God. When the Lord finally confronts Job with His majesty, glory, and power – Job is left speechless. He is given a revelation of the nature and sovereignty of God. When Job sees this he recognizes the foolishness and emptiness of the words that he has uttered. As he stands before God, seeing Him for the first time through the eyes of revelation, he is brought to the place of true humility.
True humility is the prerequisite of both repentance and salvation. The proud do not see God. The proud are really fools. The fool says in his heart that there is no God. Yet, when one’s eyes are opened to see God, to see Jesus Christ, the only honest response is humility. At the place of humility we now have a choice. We can turn toward God in repentance, or we can run from God in fear. The Rich Young Ruler was faced with this choice. He ran from God in fear, fear of losing that which he truly worshipped, his riches. Job, in true humility, runs toward God in repentance.
“Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me.’ I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:4-6 ESV)
There is only one honest response of the heart that sees God, is humbled before Him, and wants to be reconciled to Him. That response is repentance. Job declares his abhorrence for the foolish things that he has said, and he sincerely and fully repents. God does not reveal Himself to us so that He can destroy us, or so that He can humiliate us. God reveals Himself to us so that He can heal us and restore us. It is only when we see His Majesty, His Power, and His Glory that we are in the position to receive His Mercy, His Grace, and His Forgiveness. Job, humbled in the place of “dust and ashes”, was finally in the position where he could be saved!
The rest of the Book of Job is a wonderful story of salvation, forgiveness, and restoration. All that had been lost was restored – with abundance. The relationships that had been torn apart are now healed through forgiveness and prayer. Humility led to repentance. Repentance led to salvation. Salvation led to restoration. This is the pathway and progression of revelation. Humility was the key in every stage of Job’s restoration. It is the key also in the restoration of our lives.
Lord, open my eyes this morning and let me see You in all of Your Majesty, Glory, and Power. As I do, let me humble myself under Your mighty hand and receive Your Mercy, Grace, and Forgiveness. Restore me fully I pray. In Jesus Name!