Dave Burnette's Commentary

Job Chapter 37

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Unknown, possibly Job, Moses, Solomon, and Elihu
Date Penned: (2000-1800 BC)
Overview: Faith in God's Sovereignty Through Trials (c 1-42)
Theme: A Young Man Answer Job (c 32-37)
Message: Elihu Speaks to Job (v 1-24)

Job 37 Commentary

(37:2) Elihu's Perception - Nothing can compare to God. His power and presence are awesome, and when he speaks, we must listen. Too often we presume to speak for God (as Job's friends did), to put words in his mouth, to take him for granted, or to interpret his silence to mean that he is absent or unconcerned. But God cares. He is in control, and he will speak. Be ready to hear his message--in the Bible, in your life through the Holy Spirit, and through circumstances and relationships.

(37:21-24) Elihu's Conclusion - Elihu concluded his speech with the tremendous truth that faith in God was far more important than Job's desire for an explanation for his suffering. He came so close to helping Job but then went down the wrong path. Significantly, it is here that God himself breaks into the discussion to draw the right conclusions from this important truth (38:1-41).

(37:23) God's Sovereignty - Elihu stressed God's sovereignty over all of nature as a reminder of his sovereignty over our lives. God is in control--he directs, preserves, and maintains his created order. Although we can't see it, God is divinely governing the moral and political affairs of people as well. By spending time observing the majestic and intricate parts of God's creation, we can be reminded of his power in every aspect of our lives.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Have Faith

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Job with Chapter 37. In our text today we see Elihu concluding his speech to Job making a relivant point for today. At the end of the chapter he said that Job's faith in God is far mor emportant than Job's desire for an explaination of his suffering. In making application we find this truth important for our lives. Our faith is far more important than asking God why? God loves us, God is in control, God is conforming us to the likeness of the Son, You can trust God. Someday you will find out why? You might have to wait until you go to heaven but if you have trusted God with your soul through salvation - then you can trust Him with your life. Just have faith, obey Him, serve Him, worship Him, and love Him because He first loved you and gave His Son that you may spend eternity with Him. How about you? Do you have faith in the Lord? Let us learn from our text today and the life of Job to remeber that our faith in Him is more important than understanding what God is doing, you can trust Him.


Job 37

Job 37

 1At this also my heart trembleth, and is moved out of his place.

 2Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound that goeth out of his mouth.

 3He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth.

 4After it a voice roareth: he thundereth with the voice of his excellency; and he will not stay them when his voice is heard.

 5God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.

 6For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.

 7He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work.

 8Then the beasts go into dens, and remain in their places.

 9Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north.

 10By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened.

 11Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud:

 12And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth.

 13He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.

 14Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.

 15Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine?

 16Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?

 17How thy garments are warm, when he quieteth the earth by the south wind?

 18Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass?

 19Teach us what we shall say unto him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.

 20Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up.

 21And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them.

 22Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God is terrible majesty.

 23Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.

 24Men do therefore fear him: he respecteth not any that are wise of heart.