Discerning the Word

Then Job answered and said:

“No doubt you are the people,

and wisdom will die with you.
But I have understanding as well as you;
I am not inferior to you.
Who does not know such things as these?
I am a laughingstock to my friends;
I, who called to God and he answered me,
a just and blameless man, am a laughingstock.
In the thought of one who is at ease there is contempt for misfortune;
it is ready for those whose feet slip.
The tents of robbers are at peace,
and those who provoke God are secure,
who bring their god in their hand.” Job 12:1-6.

Not everything in the Bible is a word to live by. Job is very frustrated and perplexed. He knows God is just, but he’s having a hard time framing that in what he has previously believed about justice. If he, who has been blameless, is suffering like this, why do worse men get away with so much?

For one, every situation is temporary. If you are a blameless man, every tragedy is just a whistle stop on the way to Glory. Hanging in there patiently it’s just another way to show our trust in God. It is our faithfulness. And it is our belief in his faithfulness.

For another, these texts are also a test for us the readers. We who know the backstory, are we also guilty of forgetting that there is an enemy? Do we just fall in line with the characters who don’t know all the facts? Do we just ignorantly throw up our hands and say that it is all the will of God?

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