“Then Job answered: Today also my complaint is bitter. His hand is heavy despite my groaning. If only I knew how to find Him, so that I could go to His throne. I would plead my case before Him and fill my mouth with arguments.
“Why does the Almighty not reserve times for judgment? Why do those who know Him never see His days? The wicked displace boundary markers. They steal a flock and provide pasture for it.
They push the needy off the road; the poor of the land are forced into hiding.
The fatherless infant is snatched from the breast; the nursing child of the poor is seized as collateral. Without clothing, they wander about naked. They carry sheaves but go hungry.
From the city, men groan; the mortally wounded cry for help, yet God pays no attention to this crime.
The murderer rises at dawn to kill the poor and needy, and by night he becomes a thief. The adulterer’s eye watches for twilight, thinking: No eye will see me; he covers his face.
If this is not true, then who can prove me a liar and show that my speech is worthless?”
Job 23:1-4 HCSB
Job 24:1-2, 4, 9-10, 12, 14-15, 25 HCSB
Father keep my head and heart focused on You. Thank You.
We have heard similar arguments from people who reached their last straw and began to seriously critique and question God. This is especially true on nonbelievers who point out the bad in the world, share examples of babies and children dying, and then ask how can there be a God—or one worthy of worship.
Humans forget that God sees all, and that just because the murderer, thief and adulterer seemingly walk away unscathed, we have no clue what God has in store for them. We’re not put here to count other people’s blessings, curses, and misfortunes. We’re here to do and be good, and to be obedient in all ways to God. The Creator does not have to answer to the created, yet we expect this, as though we could comprehend.
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