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A Righteous Man's Response

Job 1:20-22 :

Then Job arose, and tore his robe, and shaved his head, and fell down on the ground, and worshiped. He said, “Naked I came out of my mother’s womb, and naked will I return there. Yahweh gave, and Yahweh has taken away. Blessed be Yahweh’s name.” In all this, Job didn’t sin, nor charge God with wrongdoing.

At this point, Satan was clearly proven wrong. Even with the added feature that Job wasn't able to know why God took all of his earthly possessions away, he still didn't curse God. In fact, he "worshiped" instead. Job also humbled himself in a way that a person would who has sinned. Now Job had not sinned in any specific way that he knew about. Still, he must have been aware that sin was in him. I am sure he wasn't faking repentance even if he didn't believe there was anything specific to confess. The simple fact is that we are all a part of the human race and as a part of that race, we are all bad by nature. We constantly need to repent.

In this case, however, those of us looking from the outside know the situation that caused this to happen and that was entirely out of Job's view. Still Job recognized God's authority to give and take away anything of His. In all of this, God is still not doing anything wrong and Job recognized that fact. It is important for all of us to not hold a grudge against God for the bad things that have happened to us. Even though we may not have done anything wrong, we are still a part of this sinful human race. We really do deserve trouble, yet we know that God has promised to take all pain and suffering away from us someday. Because of what Jesus has told us, we can actually rejoice. We have a special blessing that Job didn't know. Here's what Jesus had James tell us:

James 1:2-4 :

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you fall into various temptations, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. Let endurance have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Jesus wanted us to know that it is absolute truth that when we have trouble, we are the ones getting benefit. James really was thinking about Job as he wrote his letter because he mentions him by name later:

James 5:10-11 :

Take, brothers, for an example of suffering and of perseverance, the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we call them blessed who endured. You have heard of the perseverance of Job, and have seen the Lord in the outcome, and how the Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

Yes, there is a good outcome to Job's situation and he needed both compassion and mercy. He needed mercy because he really was a sinful human, even though he hadn't done anything wrong in this instance. May God give all of us the strength to not charge God with wrong doing when He allows us to go through hard times.

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