Job challenged God. He demanded answers for the reason behind his great losses. He challenged, and he wanted God to answer him. Why did God allow his children, fortune, and health to be taken from him in a series of dramatic events one right after the other? What had Job done to deserve such devastation?
As children we question our parents. We question our teachers. As adults we question our supervisors and those in authority over us. We question our leaders. We question God.
Why did you allow this to happen?
Why didn’t you do something?
We act as if we are the creator of the universe. We act as if we are the ones in charge. The ones in control. When actually, we are anything but.
Job challenged God. Job wanted God to give him an explanation for what happened. In return, God challenged Job to answer the questions God posed.
Where was Job when God created the world and put the stars in the heavens and planets in motion?
Where was Job when God created man?
Did the waves ask Job how far they should go before stopping on land?
Did the sun and moon ask Job when they should rise and set each day?
When Job realized the foolishness of questioning God’s reasons and actions he covered his mouth in silence, and repented in dust and ashes.
The next time something happens in our lives and we don’t understand it, or can’t figure out the reason behind it, maybe we need to remember we live in a very fallen world. Sin abounds. Satan and his demons are alive and well.
And so is God.
God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. His love endures forever.
While we can go to God with a questioning heart, we’d best not approach him with a raised fist. God owes us nothing. He does not owe us any explanation for what happens. It might be wise not to try and demand one.
We should never forget. He is God and we are not. Jesus is our advocate who stands before God’s throne pleading our case. What say we leave our defense to him?
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If someone wanted to take God to court, would it be possible to answer him even once in a thousand times? For God is so wise and so mighty. Who has ever challenged him successfully? Job 9:3-4 (NLT)
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