We all know the story of Job, we heard it growing up in Sunday school. Job looses everything at the hand of satan, with God’s permission. Job goes through a major transformation from a trusting and faithful man of God to growing in complaining and self-righteousness. In this transition, Job makes 3 complaints: 1. Why doesn’t God hear me?, 2. Why is God punishing me?, and 3. Why does God allow the wicked to prosper? So lets address these complaints.
He Hears You!
First, God hears you. Isaiah 30:19 says as soon as He hears our cries, He answers it. We just have to listen.
God Doesn’t Bring The Bad Stuff!
Second, God does not bring the bad stuff into our lives, that’s the enemy’s doing. In the case of Job, the enemy had to get permission to mess with him. Satan made the point with God, that nothing bad ever happens to him. With all of Job’s wealth and blessings, of course he would fear God and be completely devoted to Him. He argued that if some real trials came Job’s way, he would curse God to His face. God, then told the enemy to do what he will to all that Job has but do not lay finger on the man himself. God knew this would be a test of Job’s devotion to Him. The question was, would he turn to God for comfort and direction or turn away in blaming Him, in bitterness, self righteousness, and self pity?
The Wicked Don’t Prosper For Long!
Third, when the wicked prosper to any degree, it is short lived as stated in Job 36:5, “But if they disobey, they’ll be cut down in their prime and never know the first thing about life. Angry people without God pile grievance upon grievance, always blaming others for their troubles. Living it up in sexual excesses, virility wasted, they die young.“ If we are out of His will or in disobedience to Him, then we are out of His umbrella of protection, this is when we hit the storms in our lives. This happens because God will not control human nature. He gave us free will, He will not force our hand. He will invite us into His affections although it is our choice to go there.
In the end, He wants us to stop asking “why?” and start asking “what?” What does He want us to take from this experience? How did we grow? He is looking at the whole picture of eternity and He is not threatened when humanity steps in His way. No matter what, He has a “backup plan” to our poor decisions and He continues on, in His original plan. In the end, it will all work to His glory and our amazing story because He is sovereign.