Job 4-7 (The Daily Walk Bible).

And now we find the reason for the books prologue! We know something that Eliphaz doesn’t. Job didn’t sin. Eliphaz isn’t wrong when he suggests that sin can bring divine punishment. Oftentimes God doesn’t even have to directly intervene – we just end up having consequences for our actions. In Eliphaz’s mind he believes Job must have done something wrong. Job must have turned away from God.

Job feels unjustly accused. “Tell me what have I done wrong?” He is depressed because everything has been stripped away. “I wish that [God] would crush me.” He doesn’t understand why this is happening. He can’t think of anything that he has done to deserve this. Yet, even in the midst of his pain, he clings to faith. “Despite the pain, I have not denied the words of the Holy One.”

When something bad happens to us, and it’s a result of a stupid decision we’ve made, we can understand the consequences. When something bad happens to us because of a stupid decision someone else has made, we can understand the consequences, but it can make us angry! When something bad happens to us, and we have no idea why, we can become confused, angry, and depressed.

But Job gives us an answer. Sometimes bad thing happen to us because something else is going on. Here’s one example from the ministry of Jesus: “And his disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.” (John 9:2-3). In this case the man is healed, but only after a lifetime of blindness. God had something in mind for his life, and he had to suffer because of it.

I don’t know what you are experiencing in your life now, but perhaps the thought that God has a purpose and a reason behind it will help get you through.

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