God, What Are You Trying to Teach Me? | Job 40:1-5
The LORD said to Job: "Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Let him who accuses God answer him!" Then Job answered the LORD: "I am unworthy-- how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth. I spoke once, but I have no answer-- twice, but I will say no more."
It is one thing to ask “Why?” when we go through the inevitable challenges of life. I would argue that question is natural and normal and straight from a broken heart. We reason that some amount of explanation would help the pain subside, would bring understanding to our exhausted reasoning, and would allow us to gain some joy in our circumstance. If we could just see how our pain fits into God’s big picture…that would certainly go a long way in the healing process, wouldn’t it? Asking “Why?” is one thing; but bringing accusations is another.
In our passage today, it seems that Job has moved into the “No Go Zone.” And as soon as he crossed from “Why?” into the land of “Accusation,” God was there to meet him. Accusing God of wrong doing strikes at His very character. His justice and love are challenged. His motives are questioned. His person is twisted from who He is—Perfect, All-Loving, Just—to whom He isn’t—imperfect, flawed, and unjust.
To Job’s credit, he refuses to challenge God. He admits his unworthiness and inability to reply. In a symbolic, but practical move, he places his hand over his mouth. So…if you are going through a difficult time…I know this is tough…check your heart. Are you living with questions or accusations? Be careful to stay on the right side of the line.
Lord, in my difficult situation please keep me from sinning. While I don’t understand; don’t allow my heart to venture into accusing you of wrong doing. Like Job, help me to keep my hand over my mouth. For Christ’s Sake. Amen.