“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.”
–Job 38:4 NIV
This question is addressed to Job, from God. Why would God ask such a thing? Job had suffered greatly and God had clearly allowed it to happen. Job was frustrated with God and implied that God had acted wrongly. God wanted to show that Job wasn’t really as knowledgeable as he thought he was. Job wasn’t there at creation. Job had no knowledge of how God formed the universe and made the earth habitable for His creatures. The whole point of this question was to remind Job how limited he was in his knowledge. The whole point of this question is also to remind us how limited we are in our knowledge. God is trying to squash arrogance and presumptuousness in us. God is NOT trying to discourage our quest for knowledge or hinder our journey to understand the amazing creation He has given us. There are times when God will act in ways that perplex us. That doesn’t mean God is wrong. God knows all things, we only know some things. God sees how all things work together, most of the time we only see the individual events. Don’t accuse God of wrongdoing, just re-read the question above and understand your limited knowledge of His ways. Oddly, though we are at times arrogant toward God, God humbled Himself for us to the point of dying on a cross to pay the price for our sins. So while you may not understand everything God does, you can know that God is love. Jesus proved that by His death and resurrection.