Job, too distressed lamented in self-righteousness against God:
‘I have made a covenant with my eyes
Why then should I look upon a young woman?
For what is the allotment of God above,
And the inheritance of the Almighty God from on high?
Is it not the destruction of the wicked,
And disaster of the workers of iniquity?
Does he not see my ways,
And count all my steps?
If I have walked in falsehood,
Or if my foot has hastened to deceit,
Let me be weighed on honest scales,
That God might know my integrity.
If my step has turned from my way,
Or my heart walked after my eyes,
Or if any spot adheres to my hands,
Then let me sow and another eat;
Yes, let my harvest be rooted out….’
Omnipotence: God answered Job in a storm
‘Who is this that darkens my counsel by words without knowledge?
Gird up your loins now like a man;
I will ask you questions, and demand for answers.
Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements?
Sure, you know!
or who stretched the line upon it?
To what were its foundations fastened,
Or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together,
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Who shut the sea behind doors,
when it burst forth from the womb;
When I made clouds its garment,
and thick darkness its swaddling band;
When I fixed my limit for it,
and set bars and doors;
When I said: ‘This far you have come, but no further,
and here your proud waves must stop!’
Have you commanded the morning since your day began,
and caused dawn to know its place,
That it might take hold of the earth,
and the wicked be taken out of it.
Have you entered the springs of the sea?
or have you walked in search of depths?
Have the gates of death been revealed to you
or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death
Have you comprehended the breath of the earth?
Tell Me if you know all this…’
Job replied to God, all but humbled and overwhelmed by the awesomeness of the Lord:
‘I know you can do all things
no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
You asked who obscured your plans without knowledge?
Surely I had spoken of this i understood not,
things too powerful for me to know.
You said: ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
I will question you, and you shall answer me.’
My ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen of you.
Therefore I despise myself
and repent in dust and ashes.’
[Job 31, 38 & 40: Adapted by Lewis Wafula]