Does God twist justice? Does the Almighty twist what is right? (Job 8:3)
Relate: If God is all good and all powerful, why does evil exist? How can we call God just if people are going to spend an eternity in torment for bad the decisions of only a few decades at most? Why would God kill tens of thousands of people for the decisions of one man (like the time David took a census)? Why was the cross the only way our sins could be forgiven?
More specifically to the book of Job: Why is Satan allowed in heaven if evil cannot exist in God’s presence? Why does Job have to suffer just so that God can win a bet against Satan? Even more, why are Jobs kids allowed to killed for such a bet? Any parent who has lost a child can sympathize with this one, “Does anyone really think that having more kids will ever eliminate the grief of losing previous ones?”
React: In the book of Job, both parties ask a lot of very good, very legitimate questions. I have thrown a few more into the mix that I have asked or that I have heard from others. All of these questions are great questions. All of them are legitimate and need to be asked. God isn’t afraid of our questions. To be honest, I believe that anyone who is afraid or unwilling to broach and explore these topics has a very shallow, and not very genuine faith. The problem isn’t in our questions, it is in our application.
Bildad asks “Does God twist justice? Does the Almighty twist what is right?” The obvious answer being no, he then goes on, “Your children were filthy sinners deserving death and so are you, Job, so repent or you’re heading the same direction.” The problem isn’t the questions we ask, the problem is where we allow the answers we think we have found to take us. When God shows up, He doesn’t answer any of the questions asked. Instead God gives what we would almost call a stereotypical Jewish response and answers those questions with questions of His own. In a sense Job cries out over and over again, “God I don’t understand.” And God answers, “That’s right, you don’t understand. But I am here.”
God’s words only deepen Job’s realization of how much he does not understand. God’s presence, on the other hand, was exactly the answer Job needed. So let’s go to God with our questions. Let us approach His throne of grace with confidence. Our confidence isn’t that all of our questions will be answered. Our confidence is that we will find grace to help us when we need it most. (Hebrews 4:16)
God, You are the answer. So often, I am longing for knowledge when You are offering Your presence. I am wanting understanding but I am needing grace. Forgive my presumption to think that I might truly know Your ways and reasoning. All I really need to know is You. You are loving. You are good. You are here, and that is so much more than enough.