Journeying Through Job: Chapter 9

Written by Julie

On March 19, 2020

Job replies to Bildad by saying, “You’re right: no human is innocent in God’s eyes. We would never be able to defeat Him in court (like if they tried to sue Him or something).”

I agree wholeheartedly with that. We are all sinners, all dirty, all deserving to die. He’s the exact opposite. We can never beat Him.

The rest of his speech, however… Well, I half-agree, half-disagree.

Job speaks of a God who is mighty and powerful, doing great things, beyond the understanding of humans; a God whom we will not win an argument with (as mentioned above). Absolutely right!

But he also speaks of a not-listening, uncaring, delighting-in-hurting-people God. He says in verse 23 that God laughs when a good person dies suddenly, and, in verse 34, talks of a rod or stick that God carries to frighten him.

That is not the God I believe in. God is not a God of hate, of desiring-to-destroy-everything, of “killing-people-is-my-idea-of-a-good-time.” He’s not standing there just waiting for you to mess up so He can hit you.

Yes, He will punish sin. Yes, He will one day destroy the earth and everyone who hasn’t accepted Jesus as Savior. But it is not because He enjoys it! It’s not because He hates us and wants to-to torture us! He’s holy, He’s righteous, He cannot allow sin to go unpunished.

		
Julie

Julie

Hi, I'm Julie, a 17-year-old lover of books, music, and Jesus. I'm finishing up my junior year in high school (Abeka Academy) and have been blogging for two and a half years. I also co-publish a digital magazine called Priceless geared toward teen girls. My desire is to use my words to glorify my Saviour and to encourage you in your walk with God. I'd love to hear from you!

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