Job of the Old Testament is known for his tremendous faith in the midst of his incredible suffering. While the reader of Job is able to know from the beginning the background and context of the narrative, Job did not. Job was a man living his life and things were happening to him and God did not explain to him the reasons. As Job was in the midst of the trials and tribulations of his life he made this statement about God. “He does great things past finding out…” (Job 9:10). That statement was true when spoken several thousand years ago and still is today. It is true that since Job’s time there have been incredible advancements in scientific knowledge as we have access to modern medicine, unbelievable technology, can travel at speeds that were not even comprehendible in Job’s time, but still with reference to God, “He does great things past finding out…”
Today in the year 2017 the statement is still true in spite of all of the technological advances that we enjoy. In spite of the fact that we can literally communicate at the same moment with different people around the world, and we can literally be thousands of miles from home in the same day. We enjoy the fruits of modern medicine in that we can live longer today than those that lived in the last century. Sometimes we remember family, brethren, and friends who lived maybe forty, fifty, or sixty years ago or longer and think, “Had they lived in our era with the medical advances of today they would probably still be alive”. With reference to God, “He does great things past finding out…” Scientific knowledge is wonderful because it discovers the natural laws and functioning of this world that God created and set in order (Genesis 1), but it is possible that human beings have only scratched the surface of this knowledge because God is the Creator. “He still does great things past finding out…”
Human beings have the tendency to become arrogant toward their Creator concerning their knowledge of this world and even to the point of forgetting their God. For this reason Solomon wrote; “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth” (Ecclesiastes 12:1). To whatever degree the human knowledge of this universe may advance there is never a time when one should forget who God is and who we are. Human beings created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27) and that because of sin need a Savior. This we can understand. This God has revealed through the sending of Jesus to this world and the message through the gospel (John 3:16, Romans 1:16).
Job continued to have faith in God even though he did not understand everything that was happening to him. He knew that while still living upon the earth that he might never know all that God had done or would do because God “does all things past finding out…” (Job 9:10). However there was something that Job did know concerning God. “Behold the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding” (Job 28:28). Man may never completely understand the workings of this material world that God has created, but human beings can in wisdom fear the Lord and walk with God. Let’s go forward doing that.
by Wayne Brewer