Job 42:3 [God asked] Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? [And Job answered] Therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.
Imagine a six-year-old, fingers plastered with peanut butter and jam, climbing onto a work bench to explore a horologist’s latest project, the complicated mechanism of a fine clock. The child will enjoy a few moments fascination with the gears, levers, springs, and jewels. But he is making a mess. He is not helping the clock maker, who is now definitely having a bad day. The child is about to have a very sobering face-to-face meeting with the boss of that bench.
The Bible’s Job had a child’s shame when he finally saw the glory of the Boss of the Universe. He was overwhelmed by the light and good of the Almighty and the complexity and delicateness of His task. He instantly realized his critiques of God’s administration of the universe were unfounded, inappropriate, and ugly.
When we focus on the details of God’s administration – such things as the evil in the world – pandemics, lawlessness, injustice, natural disaster – the worship of God will be quenched. Instead of worshiping God, we are elevating ourselves to the superior positions of critic and judge.
On the contrary, worship recognizes the glory and goodness of God and bows low. Worship is humbled by the enormity of the challenge God faces. Worship stands in awe of the “Otherness” of God. He and His task are beyond anything human. Worship doesn’t exactly understand the work of the great Clock Maker, God. But it can stand in awe of Him and the challenges He faces.