“Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.” Job 38:1-3
His friends had failed to convince him, Job had actually stopped them, but at last God convinced him of what was amiss, before He cleared him from the unjust attacks cast upon him by his friends. It is God who only can effectually convince believers of their sins, and shall so be humbled those He chooses to exalt.
Zophar cried, “oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee; And that he would shew thee the secrets of wisdom, that they are double to that which is!” (Job 11:5-6).
Sometimes we all wish God to intervene, don’t we? O, that God would speak? Job’s friends looked at the situation of their friend and concluded there is no smoke without fire yet they could not say anymore, though not convinced. Job himself stood his ground. There are believers like that who when overtaken in a fault would only need God to rebuke their madness – speak O Lord!
And now, at length, God spoke and Job was humbled and was brought to repentance, where common sense failed. What God says in Job 38 is designed only to humble Job-like believers, to bring them to repentance. Job needed to recant, his passionate indecent expressions concerning God’s providential dealings with him; and this God does by calling upon Job to compare God’s eternity with his own time, God’s omniscience with his own ignorance, and God’s omnipotence with his own impotency.
Probably we also need to repent just, all us believers, who sometimes quarrel with God of His dealings with us; how we mourn and complain if in our lives things go wrong, or the way not intended.
So, God came and showed Job his fault. Job had silenced his three friends, and Elihu had silenced Job but failed to make him acknowledge his fault. Now God comes, and does both, convinces Job first of his unadvised speaking and makes him cry – I have done wrong!
Sooner or later, where your friends or advisors fall short of convincing you, these two things God is able to do for you too, before your exaltation, to show you your faults, and bring you to light.