And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:21
I’ve been awake since 1:30 this morning and I sat and read through Job chapters 17 through 37. I did not find any memorable scripture that stuck out to me.
However, in reading the words of Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar, and Elihu, I realize how different people perceive righteousness and sin.
Job maintains his innocence in doing any grievous sin. The friends declare he has sinned and needs to repent.
Elihu, the youngest of the three friends, finally speaks up after listening to his elders.
He actually condemns the speeches of Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar. He wants to take the word of his elder and friend, Job, at face value. Job says he has not sinned, therefore let’s believe and support him rather than trying to convince him otherwise.
What is missing is a memorable verse that I missed early on in Job and words his friends never heard him utter – “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:21
After losing his children, his livestock and living, his health, and support of his wife, Job still blessed the name of the Lord.
He did not shake his fist at God.
He did not accuse God of unrighteous treatment.
The true, born-again believer of God does not foolishly make accusations against God.
Likewise, a true, born-again believer of God should not make foolish accusations against people.
Just because someone gets sick does not mean they are receiving punishment for some personal sin.
Perhaps when someone goes through trials, tribulations, sickness, or loss, it would be better not to condemn them but just ask, “How can I help? How can I pray for you?”