Humble Yourself Before God
Then Job answered the Lord and said: “Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you. I lay my hand on my mouth. I have spoken once, and I will not answer; twice, but I will proceed no further.” Job 40:3-5
The past three Sundays, we have studied allusions to God’s reply to Job (Elihu in chapters 32-37) and then God’s actual reply in the form of His voice in a whirlwind. Pastor Mike mentioned last Sunday how God’s answer to Job should invoke three reactions in us.
- God’s answer to Job should humble us.
- God’s answer to Job should warn us against self-confidence.
- God’s answer should give us great confidence in God.
Let’s meditate for a moment on humility for a moment.
Humble yourself before the Lord
What do we know about Job’s condition before God throughout the entire book?
There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. […] His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually.” Job 1:1, 4-5
We know from Job 1:1-5 that Job’s attitude of his life was submission to God. Job feared God. Satan noticed it. God saw it. Job would offer sacrifices to God on behalf of his children. He knew that he and his family answered to and were under God. Job had a healthy fear of God we would say. He was humble before God.
What about Job’s response when suffering arose? First, we know from chapter 1:20 that Job worshipped God as a first response to the terrible loss that happened. Later on as well we see Job’s continual understanding that God is over him and his three friends. Look at what Job says in response to his friends’ foolish words in chapter 13.
Will it be well with you when he searches you out? Or can you deceive him, as one deceives a man? He will surely rebuke you if in secret you show partiality. Will not his majesty terrify you, and the dread of him fall upon you? Job 13:9-11
Job’s God is BIG throughout the entire book. He knows God is in control. He knows God has the answers which is why he continually seeks an audience with God.
It is interesting then that we see Job’s first words in reply to God in chapter 40:3-5.
Then Job answered the Lord and said: “Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth. I have spoken once, and I will not answer; twice, but I will proceed no further.” Job 40:3-5
Why do we foolishly measure up the righteousness of Job and forget that he too, like all of us is, “…of small account” before the almighty God of the universe? Job’s righteousness did not earn him the right to puff up his chest in front of his boss and speak his mind. He was utterly and totally silenced. All of us should be utterly and totally silenced before God in humility now, for one day every human will recognize the greatness of God.
O that we would humble ourselves before God and realize in every breathing moment that he is over us! It is better to be a beggar and humble before God than a king with selfish pride.
Question: Does my response to the bad things that happen in life reflect a conviction that God is over me and over all things?
Question: Do I recognize I am under God while life is easy (the money is coming in, I am healthy…)?
Question: Do I give my day to the Lord for Him to be exalted in it, or am I more concerned about exalting myself?
Question: When God convicts me of my pride, will I respond in prayerful humility asking that He transform my heart to live under Him every moment of life?