In the area of California I grew up in we didn’t have very many thunder storms and when we had them, they were only in the winter time. One summer when I was ten, we took a trip to visit relatives in Nebraska and along the way we drove through a lightning storm. I remember seeing those massive clouds rolling across the plains with strobes of light and loud claps of thunder and being afraid of the power of the storm. I was afraid of being struck by lightning.
In chapter 25 Bildad rebuts with his final speech. Although he sounds like a broken record, Bildad accuses Job of not knowing God. He does this implying Job does not the answers to the following questions. In a condescending tone he asks, “Dominion and fear are with him, he maketh peace in his high places. Is there any number of his armies? and upon whom doth not his light arise? How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman? Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight. How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?” (25:2-6) Notice chapter 26 is so short as if Job’s friends couldn’t find any other ways to form the same questions for so many chapters earlier.
In chapter 26 Job begins an answer that will last several chapters. The focus of this chapter is on God’s wisdom and power. In reference to Bildad’s questioning Job’s knowledge of God, Job responds by talking about the nature of God. Why would Job choose to focus on God as his final rebuttal? I believe this shows Job’s dependence on God’s wisdom and power. As Christians we have only two choices in life: live a life dependent on God’s power or our own strength. We may not always understand God’s wisdom, but we need to be comfortable with. Choose today to tap into the power of God.