Job 26

Job 26

Job Replies: God’s Majesty Is Unsearchable

26 Then Job answered and said:

  “How you have helped him who has no power!
    How you have saved the arm that has no strength!
  How you have counseled him who has no wisdom,
    and plentifully declared sound knowledge!
  With whose help have you uttered words,
    and whose breath has come out from you?
  The dead tremble
    under the waters and their inhabitants.
  Sheol is naked before God,
    and Abaddon has no covering.
  He stretches out the north over the void
    and hangs the earth on nothing.
  He binds up the waters in his thick clouds,
    and the cloud is not split open under them.
  He covers the face of the full moon
    and spreads over it his cloud.
  He has inscribed a circle on the face of the waters
    at the boundary between light and darkness.
  The pillars of heaven tremble
    and are astounded at his rebuke.
  By his power he stilled the sea;
    by his understanding he shattered Rahab.
  By his wind the heavens were made fair;
    his hand pierced the fleeing serpent.
  Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways,
    and how small a whisper do we hear of him!
    But the thunder of his power who can understand?”


Job 26 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

I remember a story one time where I was in a counseling session with a pastor. We were discussing a personal issue that I was struggling with so much. I was kind of at a crossroads, to a certain degree, with some of my life decisions. I remember feeling out the direction of the conversation and where it was going with this pastor.

I actually don’t recall the specifics of the conversation, but I do remember that I didn’t like the direction it was headed. In fact, I knew what his response was going to be to my situation and I didn’t want to hear it. I just wasn’t ready. So when he asked if he could “weigh in” on my situation I promptly and firmly fired back, “No!”

Yes — the story Hank has written above was about me. I wasn’t ready to handle the truth. Actually, I wanted to complain to Hank and get validated in my feelings but I didn’t want him to dig any deeper than that. I just wanted to stay the same person. I’ve said this of Hank many times, and it remains true… I always respect that he asks if he can weigh in. He’s done it in my life, and he’s done it in counseling sessions I’ve been a part of. The question alone speaks volumes because it’s focused on the person and not on the counsel.

I left the meeting that day knowing that Hank cares very deeply about me. He cared enough about our relationship to wait until the right moment – led by the Holy Spirit – in order to voice his opinion.

This is exactly what we do not see from Job’s friends. In response, Job has fired back in the first four verses with thick sarcasm. He’s tired of their rigid, “know-it-all” theology. Job goes on during the rest of the chapter to write about how much he indeed knows about God’s power. He is not lacking in his understanding of it, as his friends would suggest.

I want us to take a moment and look at the fruit (or lack thereof) from Job’s friends. When you read Job’s response here in Chapter 26, what have they accomplished? He’s upset and sarcastic (probably angry as well). He is trying to defend and justify himself with his knowledge about God. In the end, it’s done nothing but cause division and tension. Truth is important, but it holds little strength without grace.

Think about your own life. Are you using discernment to direct your responses to others, or are you just throwing your words around loosely? These are tough thoughts to consider, but I can tell you from experience – it matters.

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