What Does Job 36:22 Mean?

"Behold, God is exalted in His power; Who is a teacher like Him?

Job 36:22(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

God’s attributes speak for themselves and God needs no human witness to defend His cause or character, His words or His actions. The different comforters of Job had their own understanding and perceptions about God, that had built up over time – some of which were correct but some of which denied God’s goodness. The different comforters looked at the distresses that had overtaken this pitiable man and voiced their own thoughts, opinions and reasons for his overwhelming problems - some of which were correct but some of which unwittingly pointed the finger of accusation at God’s eternal goodness.

But in his immature and pious soliloquy, this verbose young man concluded a cascade of condemnatory advice that had been aimed at Job, without fully understanding the spiritual implications that had triggered his pain. Indeed, the truth of Elihu’s statement of God’s power and knowledge indirectly identifies his own lack of understanding of the perfection and power, status and strength; knowledge and wisdom of our God.

God is indeed exulted in His power and there is no equal to be compared with His eternal-wisdom and His omniscient understanding, for His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not ours. And so, followed the most powerful display of God’s wisdom in the discourse that followed. God’s attributes speak for themselves and God needs no human witness to defend His cause or character, His words or His actions nor is God obliged to answer our petulant and foolish questions as to why and how and when and what and who…

God’s character speaks for itself and God’s Word is His own witness to truth. And though we may not understand – we would do well not to speak for God in our ignorance, nor unwittingly accuse God due to our lack of understanding. Rather let us listen to God and sit at His feet so as to gain a deeper knowledge of God and closer walk with Him - for Behold, God is exalted in His power; and there is no teacher like unto Him.

My Prayer

Loving Father too often I try to speak for You in ignorance and even attempt to defend You or advise You, when I need to quietly sit at Your feet and listen. Give me a teachable spirit I pray and draw me into closer and more intimate communion with Yourself. May you be exulted in my life and teach me Your way, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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