I know you thought to yourself at one time or another; life is not fair! Why is it that people who do not deserve things have them and people who deserve more seem to get less? The darkness has taken away people who have taken us to new highs Nelson Mandela and even our beloved grand mother.
Job knew that God didn’t owe him anything. Job was alive by the grace of God, even if he was suffering. Job also believed that he had not sinned in a way to deserve such suffering.
Job didn’t think his life warranted such suffering, so he wanted his case presented before God. He recognized, however, that arguing with God would be futile and unproductive. Job knew that in bringing his case against God, he would only sin by falsely accusing God. “Though I am innocent, my own mouth would pronounce me guilty.”
When we face hardships, whether big or small, we can become indignant, believing that we did nothing to deserve them. Job’s attitude can guide us here. We must be careful to avoid accusing God or believing we’re right and he’s wrong. God is always right, even if we can’t understand our own circumstances. God is always right. Period.
Like Job, we must live in the fear of the Lord. That wisdom will keep us from sinning. That wisdom will cultivate humility for the times when God’s ways don’t make sense.