Job Did Not Blame God!
Job 1:20 “At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship
(1:21) and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.”
(1:22) In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.”
Job suffered loss of wealth, family and health. He lost all this in a very short span of time. He lost it because Satan did it to him, hoping to change Job’s mind so that he is against God. God allowed Satan to do it because He knew Job’s commitment to Him was not conditioned on having wealth, family and good health. God knew that with or without wealth, family and health, Job would remain faithful. In all this that he lost significantly and painfully, Job did not blame God!
1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” God knows what we can handle and what we can’t handle. When God allows things to happen to us, it is a vote of confidence, that you will remain faithful in spite of what you are going through. Job remained faithful through it all, He did not blame God!
Since the Bible has revealed that it is a vote of confidence, we should be glad that we have been entrusted with our present challenges and trouble, and trusted that we will not lose faith, when we face and experience it. We therefore get excited at trouble that faces us. We get excited because we have been given an opportunity to prove to the world that we love God more than wealth, family and health and even life. James 1:2 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
(1:3) because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”
2 Corinthians 12 :9 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
(12:10) That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” For every trial, trouble, suffering and challenge that God allows Satan to bring our way, God is present to empower us. That is why you prove stronger and powerful in weakness. That is why you get excited that God’s power is about to be demonstrated through you, to prove that in weakness, you are strongest! Job proved strongest when he was weakest. He did not blame God!
1 Corinthians 10:13 quoted above, also lets us know that God supervises as we go through trouble and challenges. Whenever we get overwhelmed, God creates a way out. Let us be glad to know that in every challenging situation, God is actively present to make a way of escape when we get overwhelmed. Praise God that you are not alone and there is a Divine exit strategy. God is ever present in trouble! Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Job knew that in all these problems, God was present supervising and planning an exit, therefore, Job did not blame God!
But take note, not all suffering is God approved, with God present to supervise, empower and give exit. Some suffering is self inflicted because of wrong doing, and in that case, you are on your own, unless you confess and repent. Not all suffering is to be treated as being similar to Job’s.
1 Peter 2:19 “For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God.
(2:20) But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.”
1 Peter 3:13 “Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?
(3:14) But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.”
(3:17) It is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.”
1 Peter 4:12 “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.
(4:13) But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
(4:14) If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
(4:15) If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler.
(4:16) However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.”
Job did not blame God. To blame is first an attitude against the one being blamed. To blame is to apportion blame and cut ties to avoid future similar disaster. To blame is to declare end of a relationship. To blame is to consider yourself right and the one being blamed as wrong. To blame God is to declare an end of relationship with God and to present yourself as better than God, since He is to blame. Job did not blame God!
To blame God is sin. To blame is to compare yourself with God and conclude with finality that you are right and God is wrong and takes the blame. That removes God from being God in your life. To replace God anywhere including in your own life is sin. In all that Job suffered, he did not blame God!
Job did not blame God because Job recognized God’s sovereignty. All that Job had, came courtesy of God, and it is the same God who allowed all to be lost. Job did not question God’s wisdom or blame God. God’s will and freedom to act was and still is more important than any of our rights as His creatures, for God is wiser than us.
Job did not blame God because he knew that God would still be the solution. To blame God is the foolishness of burning a bridge you will need. To blame God is a regrettable rush decision. Job knew that only God could get him out of that situation and therefore to blame God is to cut ties with the one who should save you. Job did not blame God!
At the end Job was blessed many times more than before his suffering. Because in his suffering, Job remained faithful, he did not blame God. May God enable us to remain faithful amidst our daily trouble, that we will not blame God, and that the end of trouble will be today or soon, and that our blessings will be many times more than what we have now. In Jesus name. Amen! (C)firstname.lastname@example.org (do not delete any part of this post, including this. You are free to share these posts but don’t edit the authorship or content… thank you and be blessed!)