Job 39 – Psalms 9
4 “Where were you at my laying the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you possess understanding. 5 Who determined its measurement? Yes, you do know. Or who stretched the measuring line upon it? 6 On what were its bases sunk?”
My favorite book in the Old Testament, the story of Job, is both fascinating and heartbreaking. Here a man who does right by God, he even offers sacrifices for sins he or his family may have unknowingly committed. God then allows Satan to attack Job, and although Job does not curse God, he wavers in his faith. Job’s friends arrive and condemn Job trying to convince him that he must have committed a grave sin. After several back and forths between Job and his friends, Elihu speaks and gives an accurate assessment of Job and God’s righteousness.
After all this, God finally speaks. He doesn’t answer any of Job’s question; instead, He gives Job questions of His own. In this God breaks the seeming bit of pride Job had and put him in his place. God questions Job to remind him who He is and that it isn’t a two-way relationship. Job humbled himself before God, and after God finished talking and Job offered his sacrifices, everything he lost was restored.
The book of Job is interesting because it’s the most relatable book of the Old Testament. Bad things happening to a good person is the plot of the book with God appearing like a gambler. God knew He was going to test Job, so Satan wanting to take on the challenge was not an issue. One of the biggest takeaways from the book is a debunking of superficial theology. Where our concept of good must equal God’s idea of good, and therefore if bad things happen to those who are good, God is unjust. What we come to realize is that the sun shines on both the good and the wicked, and it rains on both the good and the wicked.