The Accusations of Men Job 3-37, cont’d.
Job 22-31 Accusations Round 3 (Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar), cont’d.
Job 27-31 Job’s Summary Response: The wicked will be punished. God knows everything. God was blessing me. Now, I am suffering…though I am innocent. I don’t like it. God is allowing it. I don’t understand why, or think it’s fair. I trust God. I’m through talking.
Job 29:1-25-Job recalls how good life had been before all this suffering started: God's presence was apparent, his family was with him, his efforts were productive, he was respected in the community because of his help to the poor, the dying, the widows, the helpless, the needy, and he stopped the wicked (:1-17). Life was good and he expected it to remain that way (:18-20). He gave counsel and blessing to others (:21-25).
Job 30:1-31-Job now describes how life has changed. Those who are mocked by the community, mock him (:1-15). Job describes the torment of his soul. He accuses God of doing nothing. And that in fact, by turning His back on him, He was actually contributing to his struggles (:16-23). Job tells God that what He is doing is not right. Even he helps those who call on him. Shouldn't God do the same (:24-25)? But God has not done that for Job (:26-31).
Prayer: Father, Job is struggling. He is physically sick, emotionally drained, intellectually uncertain, and spiritually wandering. Now, he pours it all out on You. And You let him. It seems to me that Job is not questioning You…so as to doubt. But, Job is questioning You…in order to believe. His honesty is seen in that he holds nothing back. He tells You exactly what is on his heart. Thank You for Your patience. Please help me to seek You…both in good times, and difficult. It seems to be a peculiar habit of mankind that we tend to allow good times and difficult times, alike, to subtly influence us away from You.