The Lord continues to question Job, using creatures of creation to bring forth truths.
This passage is interesting…perhaps strange?
Your study Bible will likely mention that the Hebrew of a couple of these verses (13, 19) is uncertain, unknown, unclear.
We simply are not sure what is meant.
I do think we can discern the greater purpose of the question…
“The wings of the ostrich wave proudly,
but are they the pinions and plumage of love?
For she leaves her eggs to the earth
and lets them be warmed on the ground,
forgetting that a foot may crush them
and that the wild beast may trample them.
She deals cruelly with her young, as if they were not hers;
though her labor be in vain, yet she has no fear,
because God has made her forget wisdom
and given her no share in understanding.
When she rouses herself to flee,
she laughs at the horse and his rider.
The question reveals some things.
The ostrich waves its plumage about proudly, but the ostrich is clueless to the reality and dangers of life.
The ostrich is not motivated by love.
It is all show.
The ostrich leaves its eggs “to the earth”.
They leave their progeny to the warmth and protection of the earth.
They have no consideration of accident (foot crushing) or danger (wild beasts).
The ostrich deals cruelly with its young.
No consideration from a personal responsibility.
God has made her to forget wisdom.
She does not have such wisdom.
The ostrich has not understanding.
And yet, the ostrich exists.
It flees when approached by horse and rider.
It outruns them.
If God creates and watches over such, how much more will He watch over us?
Wonder what Job was think’n…?
For us, be not as the ostrich.
We have wisdom.
We have understanding.
Live in it.
Do as the Lord leads.