Please read Job 8-11, and come on back. Job’s test have begun, and his friends are starting to chime in…. Here’s what I am thinking about this morning:
I think Job’s friends mean well, and there are even words they say that are true –
“God is famous for great and unexpected acts; there’s no end to His surprises” 5:9
“what a blessing when God steps in and corrects you” 5:17
“Does God mess up? Does God Almighty ever get things backward?” 8:2
“God will set everything right again, reestablish your fortunes” 8:6
Isn’t God full of surprises? Yes! Isn’t it a blessing when God offers His correction? Surely, it is motivated by His love and care for us. Does He ever gets things wrong? No, never! Will He set everything right again when His children are hurt? Every single time!
I do think they mean well, but it is almost as if they are speaking without the experience of deep pain. They want to point out God’s goodness, but then immediately connect Job’s troubles to Job’s behavior. They cannot seem to understand why these things would happen when a God that they know as good is on the throne. They’ve got to explain it away by calling Job’s test a punishment. It’s as if they want to plug God into a “if you’ll do this, He’ll do that” formula, but life isn’t that simple.
People today do that too – we want to make sense of trauma and we can’t always do that. The only answer is trust in the Lord (Proverbs 3:5-6)!