A Devotional Journey
led by Dr Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
In contrast to his older companion, Bildad is impatient
with complaints and assertions of Job’s innocence. What he argues is that only sin could produce the suffering Job has experienced. Job must confess, and plead for mercy; then is he is now living in righteousness, God will restore him.
Job responds in chapter 9
, that he does not consider himself sinless, but believes he could disprove the degree of guilt which would cause such calamities as he has suffered if he were allowed to present his case in God’s court. He accuses God of terrible things (see 9:16-20, 22-24, 29-35); yet refuses to give up his faith.
Job does not curse God as the Satan said he would
(in 1:11 and 2:5). In chapter 42, it is implied that Job has persevered through it all; in chapters 9-10, it is clear that this perseverance was not without impatience and complaint. In his depressed state, Job is able to quote the most beautiful words about God (see 9:5-10) without finding the peace and reassurance they should offer.
In chapter 10, Job expresses a bitterness
which causes him to create a false picture of God in his mind as one who is pleased to oppress the righteous and turns against His own.
Depression is a common malady among all of us.
When we begin to see our circumstances as unfair
as well as painful or oppressive (if they are), it is easy to lose our grip on reality. There are always people who care without knowing how to make things better. There are always facts that moderate the misery we face, either because it is self-inflicted or because it is not all there is to our lives.
Pain is a reality of human experience
and, as one writer puts it, “No one ever gets out of this world alive!”
However, unlike Job, we have a reason to hope that transcends our own experience: Jesus Christ is risen from the dead! Therefore, even death has no sting
. Which is all to say: we do
hurt; we do
suffer; we do face circumstances and realities we cannot understand or enjoy; but God is
still in control and in Christ has guaranteed not only our survival but our triumph.
Of course in addition to Christ, we have the life of Job as well
. As we read to the end we discover that God does come through and His servant is restored.
Today, ask God to give you the endurance to keep going
no matter what you face, the faith to believe there is some useful purpose for the troubles involved, and the peace which comes from the knowledge that you belong to Him and that, as Jesus says in John 6: “... nothing can take you out of His hand.”
© A. Eugene Pearson 2010