I trust you have begun a new week with renewed faith and hope in God,after worshipping Him yesterday.
It is clear that the writer of Job places those two passages that we read on Saturday at the beginning of the book so that we can understand that what is going on behind the scenes affect our understanding of everything that follows. The personal drama of Job on earth has its origin in a cosmic drama in heaven – the contest over Job’s faith. He was chosen not because he deserved to suffer, but because God believed he was the one most likely to succeed and that his faith in God would be victorious in the end. Throughout the book we wait to see whether Job will continue to believe in God, or deny Him.
So those who engage in the academic exercise of discussing Job’s plight have no idea of God’s point of view that has been revealed to us from the outset. We know the answers from the beginning. What has Job done wrong? Nothing. Why is he suffering? We know that he is not being punished. He represents the very best of human beings through whom God shows Satan that faith can be genuine and selfless, not dependent on God’s good gifts. Those who read the book, moving quickly past that strange scene at the start, to the lofty philosophical speeches of the rest of the book, will never really understand it.
So the book turns around the subject of integrity. Job’s starts by questioning God’s integrity in allowing him to suffer, and wallows in self pity. Let’s read Job 3. How can a loving God treat Job so unjustly? So it is that people also put God on trial over the subject of suffering, demanding answers of God, and making Job the tragic hero. More tomorrow.
Praying today for:
Roy & Rita
Robert & Jan