By David J. Stewart
In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. Job 1:22
The character Job from the Old Testament has always been the symbol of tragedy, of someone who lost everything. Job lost his wealth, his crops, his livestock, his servants, his 10 children, his health and finally his own friends turned against him. What a tragedy! Job said, For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me (Job 3:25). Many men would have commit suicide. Even Job's wife turned against him in his darkest hour; but I'll give her credit, at least she stayed with Job (which is more than I can say for many wives today who sinfully quit).
Amazingly, Job refrained from blaming God for his woes. So many people today blame God for the problems in their life. Interestingly, God was to blame for Job's calamities (Job 42:11); but Job had no right to accuse God. There is an important truth to be learned here. God has every right to make our lives miserable, and place us in fiery trials that rob us of our loved ones and joy. Who are we to accuse God or call Him unjust? We must not judge God. We are His creatures; God is the Creator . . . Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? (Romans 9:20).
The problem with humanity is that we expect God to respond to every situation the way we would; but God doesn't think the way we do, which is plainly stated in the Scriptures . . . For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. God does things very differently than we do, which makes the workings of God a mystery. My mother used to often say that God works in mysterious ways. She was right. God often doesn't work in days, weeks, months or even years; but rather, in decades.
Thankfully, our part is simply to trust God, and not to figure Him out. If God were small enough for us to understand, then He wouldn't be big enough to handle our problems. Psalm 145:3 states, Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. We are told in 1st Timothy 3:16 . . . And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. The unbelieving world demands evidence of things which the Bible says are CLEARLY SEEN ... by the things that are made (Romans 1:20). Amen!
It all boils down to whether or not a person trusts God. For those who don't trust God, they'll continually look for every excuse they can find to blame God, discredit the Bible as rubbish and justify their own sins. But for those who trust the Lord, they'll give God the benefit of the doubt, keep praying when no answer comes, stay the course and hang in there as Job did. Job's life eventually turned around for the better, but it took time. The important thing is that Job never lost his faith in God (Job 13:15). Job complained, wished he had never been born (Job 3:3), told his so-called friends they were miserable comforters (Job 16:2), but he never gave up on God . . .
slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.
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