Monday, June 15, 2015

Job 38:1-11 God Answers Job’s Charge of Unfairness

KEY TEXT: Job 38:1-3 Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind: "Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words? Brace yourself like a man, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.” (NLT)

KEY THOT: In defending himself against his friends’ accusations that he must have sinned to suffer so many horrific troubles, Job charges God for being unfair to him for putting him through all the suffering even though he has done nothing wrong. Instead of answering his charge, God throws Job more than 70 questions in rapid fire that leave Job speechless. The whole exercise is to say to Job he has no right to question God when he doesn't even know anything about God. Instead, he should rest content with the knowledge that God is all-wise and all-powerful and He makes no mistake. 

Sometime we tend to question God when bad things happen to us, as though He has lost control over events—or such things won’t happen. But God allows bad stuff to train us in the ways of God. 

In the case of Job, it exposes his friends’ lack of understanding of God’s ways and for Job it was an opportunity to know God in a far deeper way. The goal of all things that happen to us—positive or negative—is that we might know God better. As Paul writes: “For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ” (Phil 3:8). In Romans 8:28 Paul asserts that everything works for our good: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Rom 8:28).

Paul commands us in 1 Thess 5:16-18 to “rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances.” Instead of questioning God’s fairness, we ought to rejoice in Him (for who He is, that He loves us and He’s in control), pray without ceasing to resist the temptations of the flesh and the accusations of the devil and give thanks for the troubles that have come our way because they are God’s means of grace to draw us closer to Him.

Father, I don’t always like the bad stuff that happens to me. But I thank You for being in full control of events, and nothing happens because You have made a mistake. I thank You that everything that happens in my life is to accomplish the good that You have planned for me. Amen.

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