Read Job 40
Focus on verses 9-14
At the right age, among the right friends, these words “I dare you” might cause a person to attempt things they would never ordinarily consider. Why exactly one feels compelled to attempt to defy reason when one is “dared” to do something is a mystery I have never understood.
While the words of God to Job here in this chapter are not framed exactly this way, they do seem to carry the tone of a dare; “Have you and arm like God… can you thunder with a voice like his?” It is almost as though God is saying to Job… “I dare you to try to do any of the things I do – show me that you can back up your words.”
Psalm 2 begins by describing how the nations of the earth plot against the Lord about how they will cast off God’s authority over them. In verse four the Psalmist describes the Lord’s response to this; “He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.”
One of the main points of the book of Job is the immense discrepancy of power between God and man. There is just no comparison, yet we have this weird tendency to think we are really something. Fortunately for us God is patient, loving, and merciful and has a sense of humor so he doesn’t just squash us and move on. Instead, He patiently and repeatedly does things to try to help us understand that He really desires to work with us if we will just choose to cooperate with him. Here is a thought. What if someone dared you to choose to cooperate with God today?