Argue with whomever you like, but there is no doubt, you will not be left standing if you argue with God!
Maybe it is just me, but I grow weary of reading the pontifications of those who think they understand and know the ways of God and have no earthly or heavenly idea of whom they are speaking of or arguing with.
Take the Hollywood angst against the new president for instance. On the one hand, they blast the Bible as not being true and an outdated relic that isn’t a match for their ‘enlightened’ way of thinking, yet they pull out passages here and there to defend their views as necessary.
Either the Word of God is true in all cases, or it isn’t at all. One thing is for sure, we cannot truly know God and His character if we don’t read it.
The biblical Job, discovered that although he thought he knew God and ventured to argue with Him, he could not have been further off base.
So, when I come to the final chapters of the book of Job, I am left humbled. What a sobering thought that if this righteous man, Job, was barking up the wrong tree, no doubt I, for one, am often in the wrong forest!
Job, like many of us, thinks that he has got God figured out. So do his friends.
He learns however, that he could not be further from the truth in his presumptions. He questions God and after a lengthy amount of patience on God’s part, he informs Job that he best brace himself and stand up like a man because God is getting ready to answer.
And answer him, he does. God goes into a great poetic dissertation on his character, his creation and his supremacy over all the earth.
He says things like:
“Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty?
He who argues with God, let him answer it.” Job 40:2
7“Dress for action[a] like a man;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.
8 Will you even put me in the wrong?
Will you condemn me that you may be in the right?
9 Have you an arm like God,
and can you thunder with a voice like his? Job 40:7-9
In other words, God tells Job that he is no match for him. He cannot out- reason or out- argue God.
Job the righteous one is called a ‘faultfinder’. Wow.
When we think we know God but we don’t, we like Job, may find ourselves doing the exact thing that he did. Blaming, accusing and sitting in judgment on God, we dismiss him as uncaring, distant and the sadistic party- pooper who is bound and determined to rain on our parade.
We forget that all of life, breath, creation, is the work of God and we are but students observing the class. He alone, has it not only figured out, but presides over it.
It is in arrogance and stupidity that we sit in judgment on him and accuse him of injustice.
We are much like the toddler who tells his parents that he is in charge and will decide when to go to bed and what to eat.
Yet, the Father character of God, is patient in teaching his children. Even in their accusations or judgments of him, he takes the time to once again, teach them truth.
After all, He wants us to know who he truly is. He longs for us to get it right. He is a relational God.
Job is not left standing when God gets done with him. Whether he physically bowed before his maker in humble repentance, I do not know.
But most certainly his heart did.
42 Then Job answered the Lord and said:
2 “I know that you can do all things,
and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
3 ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
4 ‘Hear, and I will speak;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.’
5 I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,
but now my eye sees you;
6 therefore I despise myself,
and repent[a] in dust and ashes.”
Sometimes we hear of God and sometimes we see him. Job learned the difference between the two and they are not the same.
In the end, Job knew God deeper than ever before. God restored double, all that Job had lost and the defeated devil was sent packing.
No fairy tale ending could compare to the happy one seen in this Biblical account of the man Job, who before had only heard of God, but now had come to see him.