August 20 “If … if … if”

puzzledWe’re often a lot like Job and his friends. We think if we keep the law (at least our interpretation of it), God is obligated to bless us.

Today’s Readings:
Job 31 & 32
Psalm 98.1-3
Proverbs 23.17-18
1 Corinthians 2.1-16

Job 31 & 32:

If … if … if

Job ends his defense in chapter 31 with a series of “ifs.” If I had looked on a woman lustfully (vv. 1, 9), if I had not been generous (vv. 16-21), if I had treated my employees unfairly (v. 13), if I had trusted in wealth rather than God (vv. 24-25), if I had hidden my sin (v. 33), if I had stolen (v. 39), etc., then I could understand all this.

After Job and his three friends had stopped speaking, a younger friend, Elihu, says in effect, I can’t keep quiet any longer. I think you’re all wrong!

But soon … God will begin to speak and answer all of them. Continue reading