Seeing God as blesser and curser left Job at a loss
Job certainly lived his life in a respectful fear and worship of God, but we have no knowledge of him before the attacks that came upon him. It is reasonable to assume that he operated in faith toward God, albeit mixed with a significant amount of self-justification and fear. His self-justification may have been the fundamental reason that Job was under the power and authority of Satan. He may never have come to realize that he had this attitude, had he not been met with the challenges posed by Satan.
Job’s inclination was to bemoan his situation by saying, “Why Me?” His lack of understanding was revealed when the pressure was applied. He was conflicted by what he believed to be true about God and what he saw in the circumstances. Coupled with Job’s belief that God is both the blesser and the curser, this confusion left Job at a loss.
A person might say, “God allowed the tribulations of Job to reveal what was in Job’s heart.” This might lead to the conclusion that God also caused all of the problems. If this were the case, then it would be logical to think that God also set up Satan to do the dirty work on Job to see if Job could get things right. This is traditional, religious thinking and is not consistent with the delivering, restoring, and loving heart of God.
God did know what was going to occur with Job. He undoubtedly made a plan. However, just because God saw what was going to happen and made a plan to fix it, it does not mean that He caused it! He couldn’t interfere because of free will. God could only show more of Himself to Job until he got enough comprehension (Job 42:1-6). He left the conclusions and the heart changes to Job.
Job 42:1-6 (ERV)
1 Then Job answered the Lord: 2 “I know you can do everything. You make plans, and nothing can change or stop them. 3 You asked, ‘Who is this ignorant person saying these foolish things?’ I talked about things I did not understand. I talked about things too amazing for me to know.4 You said to me, ‘Listen, and I will speak. I will ask you questions, and you will answer me.’ 5 In the past I heard about you, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.6 And I am ashamed of myself. I am so sorry. As I sit in the dust and ashes, I promise to change my heart and my life.”
Job never cursed God through all of his trials. He only attributed to God things for which God was not responsible. He eventually repented of his claim of self-justification when he realized that it was due to his error and lack of understanding. Within his limited view or perspective, he had tried to explain things about God which he could in no way understand. Many people do the same thing today. However, Job finally relinquished to God that which belonged to Him alone and began to realize his own place in the scheme of things. He gave up the notion that he had the capability of making himself acceptable to God and he prayed for his friends (Job 42:7- 10, 12). As a result, God was able to restore him double what he lost.
Job 42:7-10, 12a (ERV)
7 After the Lord finished talking to Job, he spoke to Eliphaz from Teman. He said, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you did not tell the truth about me, as my servant Job did. 8 So now, Eliphaz, get seven bulls and seven rams. Take them to my servant Job. Kill them and offer them as a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will answer his prayer. Then I will not give you the punishment you deserve. You should be punished, because you were very foolish. You did not say what is right about me, as my servant Job did.” 9 So Eliphaz from Teman, Bildad from Shuah, and Zophar from Naamah obeyed the Lord. Then the Lord answered Job’s prayer. 10 Job prayed for his friends, and the Lord made Job successful again. God gave him twice as much as he had before. 12 The Lord blessed Job with even more than he had in the beginning.
This humility, faith, and trust in God’s redemptive power is what God accepts from Job. God rebuked Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar because they foolishly spoke wrongly about Him. Even so, God provided them with a means of escape through sacrifice and Job’s prayer for them. God accepted Job when he repented of his self-justification, and He turned (reversed) his captivity or overwhelming attacks, when Job prayed for his friends. Because of Job’s trust and faithfulness, God restored him double what he had before the attacks of Satan.
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