Job 5 … Consider Him Who Does Great and Unsearchable Things

Who does great and unsearchable things,
Wonders without number,
(5:9).

That saying, “what a difference a day makes,” kept coming to mind; meaning a dramatic and striking change within a short period of time.

After seven days of silence with his three friends grieving by his side, offering only their presence as comfort, there comes a dramatic shift… Eliphaz opened his mouth.

And his criticism of Job, disguised as his idea of expert counsel, persisted. And while there was much truth in what Eliphaz shared about the character of God, there were misguided arrows slung at the innocent Job.

“But as for me, I would seek God,
And I would place my cause before God;
Who does great and unsearchable things,
Wonders without number,
(5:8-9).

And in the midst of this scene of finite wisdom attempting to answer questions infinitely beyond our grasp, one truth about God emerged loud and clear. He “does great and unsearchable things, wonders without number.”

Much of what Eliphaz declares was indeed, fact…and perhaps if he had stopped with what he actually knew to be true…

He Does Great and Unsearchable Things in His creation (5:10); for the lowly who mourn (5:11); to frustrate the works of the proud (5:12-14); for the helpless and hopeless (5:15-16); in His discipline (5:17-18); and for our future (5:20-26).

So confident is Eliphaz, much like a prosecutor in a court of law, he wraps up his opening statement against the accused with the assurance that he had thoroughly investigated the matter… so there!

“Behold this; we have investigated it, and so it is.
Hear it, and know for yourself.”
(5:27).

But I just can’t help but wonder why Eliphaz thought that any investigation by man could possibly unearth the unfathomable judgment of the One Who is so Great and so Unsearchable, Who performs wonders without number.

But it seems Eliphaz just couldn’t hold himself back.

“If one ventures a word with you, will you become impatient?
But who can refrain from speaking?”
(Job 4:1).

And so it began… and in the middle of his first diatribe unleashed upon his pitiful and unwitting friend, Eliphaz asks a question; a question he presumably believes is rhetorical, but one in which the Lord has, in fact, provided a definitive answer.

Call now, is there anyone who will answer you?
And to which of the holy ones will you turn?
(5:1).

Job needed a mediator. Someone who could interpret the events of his life. Someone who would make sense of the tragedy that had befallen him. But most importantly, Job needed someone to mediate between him and God, someone who would stand in the gap for his defense.

It’s not that Job believed he was righteous in and of himself, for he knew truth. There is no one righteous and it is only by faith that one is declared right, holy and blameless before God.

“Can mankind be just before God?
Can a man be pure before his Maker?”
(Job 4:17).

Job never declared himself righteous, but he was a man of great faith, proven in how he blessed the Lord after losing everything.

Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God, (Job 1:22).

Job was not claiming to be righteous; he was, however, a man of faith who believed in his God. And Scripture is clear, it is by faith that one is credited with righteousness.

Then he believed in the Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness, (Genesis 15:6)

The Lord, God Himself had declared Job to be holy and blameless; not once, but twice.

The Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil,” (Job 1:8).

The Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man fearing God and turning away from evil. And he still holds fast his integrity, although you incited Me against him to ruin him without cause,” (Job 2:3).

But Eliphaz was convinced, there was no one in all of heaven who would ever step in on his behalf. But oh, what Great and Unsearchable Things He Does!

Consider Him Who Does Great and Unsearchable Things

  • How Great and Unsearchable the Things He Does…
    • …He looks for those who seek Him;
      • The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men
        To see if there are any who understand,
        Who seek after God.
        They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt;
        There is no one who does good, not even one,
        (Psalm 14:2-3).
    • …and because there was no one, He promised to give what only He could give…  a new heart and His Spirit;
      • “And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them. And I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, 20 that they may walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and do them. Then they will be My people, and I shall be their God,” (Ezekiel 11:19).
    • …and He asks us to call, and He promises to answer;
      • “Call upon Me in the day of trouble;
        I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me,”
         (Psalm 50:15).
    • …even before we call.
      • It will also come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear, (Isaiah 65:24).
  • And His answer… oh, what Great and Unsearchable Things He Does…
    • …He gave His Only Son;
      • “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life,” (John 3:16).
    • …and He gave us the Way to the Father;
      • Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me,” (John 14:6).
    • …and He came as the Mediator and ransom for all;
      • For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time, (1 Timothy 2:5-6).
    • …and as the Mediator of a better covenant;
      • But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises, (Hebrews 8:6).
    • …that we might become the very righteousness of God;
      • He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him, (2 Corinthians 5:21).
    • …and be purified as His own possession;
      • who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds, (Titus 2:14).
    • …to be cleansed even of our guilty conscience.
      • how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:14).
  • He Does Great and Unsearchable Things that we would be convinced of His love.
    • For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord, (Romans 8:38-39).

How do we respond to Him Who Does Great and Unsearchable Things?

What a Great and Unsearchable Thing, that He bids us come to His throne room with confidence to receive His help and His mercy.

Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need, (Hebrews 4:16).

Eliphaz challenged Job, and it’s the same charge we often hear today. Is anyone listening? Does anyone care.

Call now, is there anyone who will answer you?
And to which of the holy ones will you turn?
(5:1).

Today, let us remember, He has already answered! He sent His Son and His Holy Spirit; daily and continually He Does Great and Unsearchable Things… for us!

“Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know,” (Jeremiah 33:3).

So, when the prosecuting accuser comes and tempts us to believe He is not listening, that He will not answer, let us remind him (and ourselves), He answers… and He Does Great and Unsearchable Things!

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened, (Matthew 7:7-8).

And let us not forget, “what a difference a day makes.” For the day is coming, when He Who Does Great and Unsearchable Things will come again to take us to be with Him for all eternity.

“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also,” (John 14:1-3)

Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed, (1 Corinthians 15:51-52).

Lord until You come again, teach us to trust You. Your ways are beyond comprehension, but Your ways are wonderful and perfect. Lord, we praise You that You alone are the God Who Does Great and Unsearchable Things; Things beyond what we can even begin to imagine; Things that will glorify You forever.

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! (Romans 11:33).

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen, (Ephesians 3:20).

Let’s Grow Together!

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