I am always brought to my knees when Scripture recounts the awesome power and unsearchable nature of God. This morning is no exception.
In these chapters, Elihu is still speaking and he turns his attention off of Job and onto the character and nature of God. This is a welcomed change, simply because I was getting tired of his arrogance, especially when he says of himself, “my words are not false, one who is perfect in knowledge is with you.” (Job 36:4)
Later in that same chapter however, he makes three “behold” statements, each one emphasizes a different aspect of God’s power and nature.
1. Job 36:22 – God is omniscient –
Behold, God is exalted in his power;
who is a teacher like him?
There is no one whose wisdom and knowledge surpasses that of the Lord God; He is all-knowing and all-powerful in that knowledge. He does not learn or forget, and He does not err in His thinking. He is perfect in wisdom and knowledge and graciously dispenses those things to those whom He chooses, people who respond to Him in faith.
2. Job 36:26 – God is eternal –
Behold, God is great, and we know him not;
the number of his years is unsearchable.
This one will make your brain hurt if you think about it too hard, but God has no beginning and no end. He is not in any way constrained by time and space and is infinite in His very nature. Therefore it is impossible for us to fully know Him. However, God has been gracious enough to allow us to truly know Him, meaning that we can know much which is true about Him, but we cannot know everything about Him, He is mysterious and unsearchable.
3. Job 36:30 – God is omnipotent –
Behold, he scatters his lightning about him
and covers the roots of the sea.
Notice that this covers both the highest and lowest points that we can conceive. God controls the heights of the heavens and the depths of the sea. He is the Sovereign Lord over land and sea, bird and beast, night and day, men and angels. There is nothing that has been made that He did not create and there is nothing that exists that is outside of His control.
If you’re reading with me, you should be excited about tomorrow’s reading where we will hear from God Himself in one of the most humbling sections in all Scripture.