After Elihu had condemned and accused Job, God came in a whirlwind to give comfort to Job.
Elihu said that Job was speaking to God with "empty talk" and was multiplying many words without any knowledge. The Lord did not agree, and in Job 40
, the Lord said to Job, "Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it!"
Job felt defeated. He replied that he was of small account. He did not know what to answer, and said that he put his hand across his mouth. Job said that he had spoken once, even twice, but would not proceed any further.
Out of the whirlwind God told Job to "man up." God said "Dress for action like a man!" God told Job that He asked the questions, and Job had better answer. God asked Job, "Will you even put me in the wrong? Will you also condemn me? Do you have an arm as mighty as God's or a voice as thunderous as God's?"
God told Job to dress himself with majesty and dignity, clothed in glory and splendor. "Get rid of your anger, and look to all the proud knowing that you outrank them!" God exclaimed.
God said that Job should look to the proud and bring them all down off their pride. He should tread down the wicked where they stand. "Then I will also acknowledge you," God said.
As Christians, we should ask ourselves: When we take our stand for God's Word, do we fear our accusers? Do we treat the prideful as though they are "higher rank" than us when God gives us His Word to "tread down the wicked where they stand?" Do we "dress for action" or do we hide in a corner? Do we tell the Lord that we have spoken and we will speak no more to the prideful? Do we not realize that God gives us his Word as a Sword of Truth that will pierce through the hearts of the prideful, whether they be brother, deacon, songleader, minister, evangelist, prophet, or even mighty leaders of great organizations!
Man up! Dress for action like a man!