Synopsis Job 40:3-41:2 8/2/2021
After God spoke, Job acknowledged the limits of his power. And so, he committed to speak no more.
But God continued to question Job. Specifically, he asked Job about justice.
From Job’s perspective, he had done nothing wrong. And so, he deserved none of the miserable things that had happened to him. For him, the misery was undeserved and, therefore, unjust.
In response, God reminded Job of the obvious. Job did not have the power to save himself. He was created entirely dependent upon God.
God asked Job, “Would you condemn me [your maker] that you may be justified?”
Job had done well in his willingness to stoically accept whatever God had brought into his life. In this way, he never cursed God.
But his grudging acceptance wasn’t the full possibility of his life. More precisely, Job’s acceptance wasn’t born out of love. It conveyed no love for God.
Acceptance With Joy
It is the martyr’s way to accept with joy. For such a one, simply knowing that God is behind every circumstance causes a response in love.
The apostle wrote, “Count it all joy…”
“Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials” James 1:2