Job 4.17-21 – Judging God
Posted: 31 May 2011 in Job

Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker? Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly: How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth. They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever without any regarding it. Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.

The answer to Eliphaz’s question is of course: No, mortal man cannot be more just than God, or more pure than his maker. And yet, when predestination is spoken of, or whenever Gd allows some natural disaster to occur, a common response to to ask: “What does God think he is about?” The whole thrust of the book of Job is that natural disasters cannot necessarily be interpreted in terms of divine displeasure, but that is not the point. The point is that God has his reasons which are not ours to know, and for man to question his maker, or cast aspertions upon him, is wholly inappropriate. We cannot say that we will worship God, just so long as he lives up to our expectations, because that is no worship at all.

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