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Job 40-42


A Devotional Journey 
   led by Dr. Gene Pearson 
Thru the Bible in a Year
            The opening line of God’s statement to Job in chapter 40 is overwhelming“Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him?  Let him who accuses God answer Him!”  God, Who has been called upon to answer Job’s charges of injustice and failure to live up to His own standards, has successfully turned the tables and it is Job who must now answer for questioning the motives and integrity of the Almighty One, the Creator of the Universe and all that exists therein.
            The humility of Job is predictable in anyone who actually encounters God.  How could any human being say more?  From this point of recognition by Job or his total inadequacy before his Creator, God goes on to address the issues of His own justice as well as Job’s futile efforts at self-justification.  The argument is that since God alone is able to administer the kind of justice necessary in an evil world, Job should not try to interfere or evaluate how it is done – especially if he would condemn God to justify himself. 
            In chapter 42, Job finally sees that God and his wisdom are beyond him.  He repents in the sincerest of humility.  His friends are condemned because while they knew about God in many ways, they did not know God as Job did.  Their spiritual arrogance is unacceptable to God.  Yet God invites and expects Job to pray for these men who have tormented him, and Job does.
            In the end, Job’s family is replaced (although this seems somewhat strange to us in a literal sense), his property is restored to double the previous amount, and he is allowed to live to a ripe old age of 140 years.
            The book has shown that God’s plan is not always apparent to human perception, that God’s decisions are not the appropriate subject of questioning by human beings, and that God’s justice will always triumph in the end. 
            It has also shown that human suffering is not the direct result of God’s displeasure or human guilt.  We must trust His grace and His love no matter how things appear for in the end His true nature will be seen again and those who have submitted their lives to His care will again rejoice.
            Today, remember that when things go wrong, it is probably not because God is angry or punishing you.   More to the point, in a world where things go wrong, we can always count on God to be there with us and to see us safely through.
© A. Eugene Pearson 2010