Last night we went to see God’s Favorite, one of my co-worker’s was playing in it, so we thought it would be a good opportunity to have a “date night”. God’s Favorite is a Neil Simon play, a comedy that is loosely based on the book of Job. Very loosely. Job isn’t my favorite book of the bible because it’s a bit tough to read, but it is definitely one of my favorite bible stories (if that makes sense), and it does contain one of my favorite biblical passages – definitely top 3. In Job 38, God speaks to Job, he basically tells him off. I adore this passage. God’s sarcasm (my interpretation) only confirms to me that He created me, He is my heavenly father, because I definitely could come from a sarcastic God.
Ever wonder what God is like? Read His word!
I’ve pasted some of this chapter below (I used "The Message" version because it reads more like a “story", it's not “word for word” the original text - obviously God didn't use the word "playpen" 2500 years ago). Anyway, this passage speaks to me in so many ways. “Where we you when I created the earth?” – I would’ve been done right there, but then God just keeps going on and on. The next time I question why God would do something, I’ll think twice about my own authority.
God Confronts Job
1 And now, finally, God answered Job from the eye of a violent storm. He said:
2-11 "Why do you confuse the issue? Why do you talk without knowing what you're talking about?Pull yourself together, Job! Up on your feet! Stand tall! I have some questions for you, and I want some straight answers. Where were you when I created the earth? Tell me, since you know so much! Who decided on its size? Certainly you'll know that! Who came up with the blueprints and measurements? How was its foundation poured, and who set the cornerstone, While the morning stars sang in chorus and all the angels shouted praise? And who took charge of the ocean when it gushed forth like a baby from the womb? That was me! I wrapped it in soft clouds, and tucked it in safely at night. Then I made a playpen for it, a strong playpen so it couldn't run loose, And said, 'Stay here, this is your place. Your wild tantrums are confined to this place.'
12-15 "And have you ever ordered Morning, 'Get up!' told Dawn, 'Get to work!' So you could seize Earth like a blanket and shake out the wicked like cockroaches? As the sun brings everything to light, brings out all the colors and shapes,The cover of darkness is snatched from the wicked—they're caught in the very act!
16-18 "Have you ever gotten to the true bottom of things, explored the labyrinthine caves of deep ocean?Do you know the first thing about death? Do you have one clue regarding death's dark mysteries?And do you have any idea how large this earth is? Speak up if you have even the beginning of an answer.
19-21 "Do you know where Light comes from and where Darkness lives So you can take them by the hand and lead them home when they get lost? Why, of course you know that. You've known them all your life, grown up in the same neighborhood with them!
22-30 "Have you ever traveled to where snow is made, seen the vault where hail is stockpiled, The arsenals of hail and snow that I keep in readiness for times of trouble and battle and war?Can you find your way to where lightning is launched, or to the place from which the wind blows? Who do you suppose carves canyons for the downpours of rain, and charts the route of thunderstorms That bring water to unvisited fields, deserts no one ever lays eyes on, Drenching the useless wastelands so they're carpeted with wildflowers and grass? And who do you think is the father of rain and dew, the mother of ice and frost? You don't for a minute imagine these marvels of weather just happen, do you?
31-33 "Can you catch the eye of the beautiful Pleiades sisters, or distract Orion from his hunt?Can you get Venus to look your way, or get the Great Bear and her cubs to come out and play?Do you know the first thing about the sky's constellations and how they affect things on Earth?
34-35 "Can you get the attention of the clouds, and commission a shower of rain? Can you take charge of the lightning bolts and have them report to you for orders?
What Do You Have to Say for Yourself?