7/4 Job 41:11

11 Who has first given to me, that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine.

When the Lord answered Job, He didn't explain why Job had gone through all that he had endured. He simply asked Job to answer a few questions. Job wanted to ask God questions regarding his afflictions. In a sense, God answered the questions Job had been asking by asking questions of Job. Jesus would use the same teaching method. God asked questions about creation. The apostle Paul will pick up on this theme in his letter to the Romans. The invisible attributes of God are seen in the creation, including His eternal power and divine nature (Romans 1:20).

Our verse today was God's reminder to Job that all he had was borrowed from God. God doesn't need to justify giving or taking anything from anyone. All belongs to Him, for He created it. It exists for His purposes. You can't make God indebted to you by doing good deeds. Good works are expected of you. We are all indebted to God, but God is indebted to no one. The fact that He will repay us for our obedience is only due to His generosity.

When God did speak to Job, Job realized that he had nothing of value to say to God and that his complaints were not worth bringing up, for all that he ever had, including his body, belonged to God to do with as God pleased. The realization of this changes our perspective about everything. Paul reminds us of this in the New Testament by asking, "What do you have that you did not receive?" (1Corinthians 4:7)

Consider: We never have a reason to complain to God, though He understands the pain in our hearts. We have innumerable reasons to praise Him!