Day 223 – God Brings Pain, Yet God is Good

Thanks for those who prayed (as requested the other day). God answered “immeasurably more than I  imagined!” Though I did ask, I did not seriously consider that He would answer as He did! AMEN!

Job is a long book. It’s hard to focus on the details found in the speeches of Job’s friends… and his responses to them.

However, I have noticed two things that form an interesting juxtaposition:

  • Job attributes all the bad that has befallen him to God. God did it. Not Satan. Not circumstances, but God.
  • As in today’s passage:

Who among all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every living thing
and the breath of all mankind.
(Job 12:10-11 ESV)

  • Job continues to speak well of God, to extol His virtues, to recognize God’s greatness and His right to do what He will with and to His creation.
  • As in today’s passage:

With God are wisdom and might;
he has counsel and understanding.(12: 13)

Job is such an inspiration.

He is in such pain that he wants to die, wishes he never was born. He acknowledges God’s control over His circumstances, yet never blames God. Instead, he speaks of God’s greatness and wisdom… and His right to do what He will.


Today’s Readings: Job 11:1-12:25,  Psalm 94:1-11, Proverbs 22:24-25, Romans 10:1-21. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only).


2 thoughts on “Day 223 – God Brings Pain, Yet God is Good

  1. I also hear a note of uncertainty and longing about God — he acknowledges his power, wisdom, greatness, sovereignty, and does not speak against him, but he also seems to feel God as far off and uncaring — he knows God is righteous and good, but longs to see it.

    I also wonder what it means for Job to be righteous. No one is without sin, so for him to be called righteous and blameless can’t mean that he’s sinless. What does this tell us about what righteousness is really about?

    • Yes, there’s something about Job’s relationship with God that’s obviously not quite right, but I haven’t really taken the time to dig enough and get to it. It’s why he still had to repent (later in the book).

      Which of course proves that he wasn’t totally righteous (as in Jesus-righteous) since there was room to grow – besides the fact that he was human. I do wonder what “righteous” means in Job. I think it’s a relative righteousness – compared to other men. And perhaps a rare attitude towards God.

      Good things to research (now that I am back from my trip and will have a bit of time!).

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