Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.” 4 ‘Hear, now, and I will speak;
I will ask You, and You instruct me.’
5 “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye sees You;
6 Therefore I retract, And I repent in dust and ashes.”
I'll never forget my seminary days. At the end of the semester, our professor had been teaching a course on systematic theology - with specific emphasis on the doctrine of God. On the last day of class, he had us focus almost the whole time on the unfolding of Job 42. His basic word to us then young seminarians was to ever be in awe of God. In as much as our theology and preaching will convey truth about God, we can never hope to capture in a comprehensive or exhaustive way the totality of God in His being. If God ends up being nothing more than an object of speculation or a Being of fascination, then we have failed in the theological task. Instead, God ought to ever be the God of our adoration. True theology, it seems, ought to drive us to our knees and our hands raised up in the air.