“You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.’
5 My ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen you.
6 Therefore I despise myself
and repent in dust and ashes.”
This is Job’s reply to God. Job realized that God is in charge, not him. Job finally saw God for who God is, and realized as he didn’t before what a huge gulf exists between God and humanity. He felt compelled to repent and lower himself down in the sight of our awesome and almighty God.
I am reminded of words from Isaiah chapter 64. He cries, “Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you! …Come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you! …Since ancient times… no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you.”
When we are confronted with the amazing fullness of God’s being, how can we do anything but compare ourselves and recognize how small and insignificant we are? Keep going a few verses in this chapter of Isaiah, and he writes, “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags.” There is no comparison with God.
Praise God for his love and mercy. We are unworthy of such love, but it is ours even so. When Job bowed down before the Lord, repenting of his presuming to speak for God, God restored all that Job had lost – giving him family, herds of livestock, wealth and a long life.
Gracious God, let us humble ourselves before you, to remember the greatness of your being. You do great things for us as we put you in the center of our lives where you belong. Forgive the wrongs we do, and one of them is pride. We would give ourselves wholly to you today, in Jesus’ name. Amen.