Job received a harsh scolding from Bildad. Pretty much like what he got from another friend Eliphaz. “Job you got what you deserved because you have sinned.” Arguing that God is just and justice demands punishment.
But those who have been following these discussion, know that’s not so. Satan bargained with God, arguing turn him over to me, and he’ll deny and curse you. Most likely, a satanic tactic today.
With some boundaries permission granted, and Job lost everything, business empire, his ten children and his health. Concluding life is a fleeing moment. Begging God just to be left alone. Cursing the day he was born. Through all that, Job neither denies or curses God.
So after two tirades, and pleading his cause for understanding. He say to his two friends. Truly, “I know what you two have said is so.”
But how can a person be righteous before God? If anyone wanted to defend themselves before Him, no one could give one valid justification out of a thousand attempts.
Declaring, “God is wise and mighty in strength!” Exemplifying His wisdom, “Denying a God presences hardens hearts. And, nothing they do can prosper.”
Then Job exemplifies His strength. God shakes the earth out of place, and its very foundation trembles. He can command the sun and it will not rise. He seals off the stars. He alone spreads out the heavens. He made the constellations and treads the waves of the sea.
Job in humble adoration, God does great things past finding out, yes wonders without number. If God passes by, most do not perceive His presences. And if someone did, who could hinder or question Him?
The above represents His ultimate and complete majesty. All in response, that if given a thousand chances to challenge Him, there would not be one successful challenge.
Job is wise enough to know that God will not withdraw His anger, no matter what is argued. Stating, “The allies of the proud will lie prostrate beneath Him.”
Job wonders, how than can I answer Him, and choose my words to reason with Him? Even though I were righteous, I could not answer Him. Therefore, I would beg for mercy from my Judge. Even if, I called, and He answered me, I would not believe that He was listening to my voice. For He has crushed me with a tempest, and multiplies my wounds without cause. He will not allow me to catch my breath, but He fills me with bitterness.
Job says, there is no recourse because if it’s a matter of strength, indeed He is strong! And if of justice, who will appoint my day in court?
Though I were righteous, my own mouth would condemn me. Though I were blameless, it would prove me perverse. Job declares, “I am blameless, yet I do not know myself, I despise my life!”
Therefore Job concludes, “He destroys the blameless and the wicked. If misery slays suddenly, He laughs at the plight of the innocent. The earth is given over to the wicked. He covers the faces of the judges. If it is not God, who else could it be?’
This discussion was developed from, Job 9:1-24, employing an exegesis interpretation.
Job, like all of us mortals, is having his trouble reconciling his troubled circumstances with his faith. Now it’s the circumstances that are prevailing, and Job is faulting God. Wishing for his death because he sees his life as being worthless. Today we would classify those declarations as a signal for potential suicide.
Some decades ago, this Padre lost a congregate to suicide. Because his troubles over powered his faith, and as his Padre, I didn’t have the answers he needed. Wish I could have those days back. Because today, I have the answer that I suspect would have returned him to his faith. Meaning victory over his circumstances.
Rarely do I know where readers are in their personal journeys. This I know recovery from troubling circumstances is best accomplished through faith. But it all starts with being one with Jesus, so if you are not one with Christ. Follow the prompts found in Romans 10:9-10. Then notice verses 11-13, all of which creates the universality so many seek. And if, our paths don’t cross in this world, they will in the next.
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