Bible · King James Version · Religion

Questioning God’s Motives

“Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth counsel By words without knowledge? Gird up now thy loins like a man; For I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou hast understanding.”
‭‭Job‬ ‭38:1-4‬

The context of this passage is the previous 37 chapters where Job goes through immense trials and sits with his friends to commiserate. His friends offer him some not so sage advice, and Job begins to show his pride.

They have been sitting around for several chapters trying to assign motivations to God for Job’s suffering.

Is that not what we do during tough times?

In this case, however, God responds with basically, “who do you think you are? Where were you when I created the earth? Do you have any understanding at all of who I am?”

We must realize that, no, we cannot possibly contemplate God or His good will. We cannot and SHOULD not attempt to assign motivation for God’s work.

He created all. He sees all. He knows all.

Who are we to question what He does?

Our job is to accept that what the Lord does is what is best – not even best for us personally, but best for His eternal plan.

We are not only to accept it, but rejoice in it. This may be easier said than done, but that should be our goal nonetheless.

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