Job Chapter Nine part 2, A study of Job 9:5 - 10, Job 9:11, and Job 9:12 featuring our Common Man's Commentary

Job 9:5 - 10

"'He moves mountains without their knowing it and overturns them in his anger. He shakes the earth from its place and makes its pillars tremble. He speaks to the sun and it does not shine; he seals off the light of the stars. He alone stretches out the heavens and treads on the waves of the sea. He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south. He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.'" NIV translation

Now, Job describes the sovereign power of God as he speaks of not only His creating things but also His control of all things. It is clear that Job understands the fact that God is in control but he does not understand that God's power is good and just.

Even as Christians, we sometimes forget that God's power and goodness are not turned on and off like a light switch. We are often amazed at His power and many are afraid of His power because they forget the fact that He is also good. God can and will exercise His power for both good times and bad times but, in both cases, His goodness is still displayed. 

It is easy to see His goodness during the "good times" but we must also remember that during the "bad times" God is still looking out for us. We may not see or understand it but, by faith, we can rest assured that whatever is happening is allowed to happen for our own good.

Job 9:11

"'When he passes me, I cannot see him; when he goes by, I cannot perceive .'" NIV translation

Job realizes that God is a spirit and not like some man as with many of the pagan gods. You can almost feel the sadness as Job feels that he cannot connect with God. Unlike us, Job did not have the Holy Spirit living in him and so he was limited in his ability to understand and connect with God.

Job 9:12

"'If he snatches away, who can stop him? Who can say to him, "What are you doing?"'" NIV translation

We see that Job acknowledges the fact that God is sovereign and can do whatever He pleases but, once again, you get the feeling that he does not understand the goodness and justice of God.