I fought the almighty and the almighty won (Job 40:3-5)

"Then Job answered the LORD and said: 'Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth. I have spoken once, and I will not answer; twice, but I will proceed no further.'" - Job 40:3-5

Remember that song, "I fought the law and the law won"? Imagine fighting God. I enjoy this verse for several reasons, Job arguing with the Lord seems extremely reasonable in our world of right and wrong. Job was wronged, it seems reasonable he would be angry with the Lord.

I love how the Lord silences Job. Job complains, complains, complains, and we're all right there with him... agreeing with all he's saying, and then at the beginning of this chapter the Lord has responded,

"And the LORD said to Job: 'Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it.'" - verses 1&2

The Lord is basically saying this to us, not just Job, because we're basically siding with Job throughout this whole book. But the Lord wins.

No matter how much we contend with the Lord over right and wrong in this world, (as there sure seems to be an awful lot of it), over our lots in life, and over our good times and bad, the Lord has the right to respond, "Who are you to argue with the almighty?"

How can we in our wisdom (only infinite in it's limitations), even pretend to question the creator?

Job is challenging the big kid in the school yard, the kid let him present his point, and then pointed out that he can crush him to the ground if he doesn't shut up. "I'll shut up, I'll shut up," he responds.

"I lay my hand on my mouth, I have spoken once . . . but I will proceed no further."

Awesome. When is the last time the Lord reminded you of just how small you are? Just how insignificant your opinions? And when was the last time you thanked Him for dying for you anyway?