40 days of Sorrow, a walk with Job
March 12, 2019, 7:25 AM

Lent 2019 Day 6 Job Chapter 8

In Job chapter 8 Bildad, Job's second friend begins to speak. Verse 3-7 reads, "Does God subvert judgment?
Or does the Almighty pervert justice? If your sons have sinned against Him, He has cast them away for their transgression. If you would earnestly seek God And make your supplication to the Almighty, If you were pure and upright, Surely now He would awake for you, And prosper your rightful dwelling place. Though your beginning was small, Yet your latter end would increase abundantly.

There are so many things wrong with what Bildad says. Bildad opens the conversation up by addressing a TRUTH about God. God is a JUST God. God does not subvert judment or pervert justice. I believe with all my heart that there will be a judgment day and the punishment and reward will be for eternity. But while in this world,

Psalm 103: 8-12" The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever.  He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

The TRUTH is Job's children did deserve what they got, but is that the way that God really works? If so then the earth would be empty, because we have all gone astray. Surely everything is a blessing from the Lord, but if Job earnestly seeks God, will God prosper Job's dwelling place? It sounds like a prosper theology to me. 

I believe that God is JUST, but he is also MERCIFUL. The best scripture in my opinion is 2Peter 3:9-10, "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night..." For us to ignore God's justice is foolish, but for us to reject His patience and mercy is just as foolish. 

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