Censure that insults

Common knowledge says that you reap what you sow. If you sow evil, you’ll reap evil. But when people who have sown good things all their life begin to reap evil, we have a problem. That common knowledge becomes the problem.

This was the conflict with Job and his friends. Job hadn’t sown evil, but he reaped evil. His friends couldn’t make sense of such a thought. How could good people suffer evil? That’s only for people who have done evil things in life. Therefore, they concluded that Job must have done evil things in life.

Job objects and says he is innocent. He has done nothing to deserve this lot in life. He speaks against their accusations. He cuts it down with a force.

His friends couldn’t understand this. They were set on their one-track idealistic thinking. Job’s resistance was insulting to them.

“I hear censure that insults me, and out of my understanding a spirit answers me” (20:3). It’s time to put our understanding to the side. Life is too vast for our understanding. We must cling to God and his unfailing love for us.

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