Day 238 – August 26, 2021
Scriptures – Psalm 15, Job 1-3
Connection or Contradiction?
Those whose walk is blameless, who do what is righteous, who speak the truth form their hearts…whoever fears the Lord… Whoever does these things will never be shaken. – Psalm 15
In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright, he feared God and shunned evil…He was the greatest man among all the people of the East. – Job 1
Job would go on to lose all that he loved. Family would die, his household would be ravaged. It sure seems like the righteous are shaken here. So what is it, is David wrong? Why did this bad thing happen to this good person? That isn’t fair?!?!?
David isn’t wrong, but there is a need to understand this apparent contradiction. Job was a righteous man. And his friends will spend their time interrogating him, accusing him of wrongdoing and deserving the punishment he received.
But it is assuredly not that he did wrong.
Job is physically and emotionally exhausted. His lament is crying out for his own death. He is at his very worst. He appears to be shaken to his core. But I think David points us in the right direction. While Job is crying out, all appears lost, he is not completely shaken. God is at work, God is faithful. One cannot be shaken when our trust is in the Lord. While the storm is raging, there is always the hope that the storm clouds will run out of rain. We are too early in the story, but more will come.
For now, hold onto this challenge between Psalm 15 and the suffering of Job.
God is faithful,
Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.