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Job 9.1-4 – Suffering & Man’s dealings with God
Posted: 29 July 2010 in Job

Then Job answered and said, I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God? If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand. He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?

We are privileged to know the ultimate the ultimate cause of Job’s suffering, because it is revealed to us in chapter 1 of the book of Job. But Job himself does not have access to that information, and the reason he has to suffer in this way is beyond his comprehension. Yet, at least in these few verses, he seems to know, in a way that modern man does not, that it is impossible for us to justify ourselves before God. Nor can we, except with the grossest impertinence, presume to sit in judgment upon our Creator.

It is not long, of course, before Job moves on, and starts doing precisely what he has just said man cannot do – and is duly upbraided by God from chapter 38 onwards. We would, most likely, all do the same. But Job’s first instinct is correct, and we must believe that whatever befalls us is serving God’s purpose in the grand scheme of things.

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