Wednesday, February 20, 2019
The Book Of Job And The Problem Of Evil
Job was regarded as the most righteous man on earth in his day (Job 1:1; 8). Despite him being very obedient to God, He allowed very terrible things to happen to that man (Job ended up getting a bunch of sores and later lost everything that he owned to severe weather, including his family. In the end, however, God blessed Him with much more riches and even another family) as part of a test to prove to the devil that Job was indeed faithful. Eventually, his three closest companions gathered around him to offer comfort by giving possible explanations for all of the mishaps such as maybe committing a wrongful action which was worthy of rebuke or even having a sinful lifestyle. But Job disagreed with the reasons provided because he knew in his heart that they were false. Job was in fact a righteous man in the sight of God. So he began to question and ponder why God would allow him to undergo all the pain that he was made to endure. He complained to God about his predicaments and pointed to the fact that he had done nothing worthy of condemnation (Job 31). Job continually placed his trust in the Lord. In response to the his plea, God reminded Job about the fact that He is infinitely superior to mankind in every way because He is the author of all life. In other words, He answered Job by telling him that he was unable to fully understand how He works and instructed him to firmly place his trust in Him. Now, the story of Job is very much relatable to us in the modern world. God's control over nature and His ultimate purposes are to be trusted no matter where they appear to lead. He is sovereign over all creation. We are not fully capable of comprehending every jot of the Lord's divine plan because our minds are finite, whereas His wisdom knows no bounds. God is working things out in a manner that glorifies Him.