Bildad now has a go. He returns to the theme that if bad has happened, Job must have deserved it. God, says Bildad, does not pervert justice. Isn’t it strange how we can say the right things so wrongly! The friends don’t believe that sin has made paradise hell. The wrong premise is that this world is OK, that it’s not out of kilter, that evil things don’t happen to good people.
“Such are the paths of all who forget God; the hope of the godless shall perish.”
This is Bildad’s friendship at work, laying out his point of view to his friend Job.
We know that Job’s misfortune came about because God had permitted Satan to grieve and persecute Job.
Bildad’s faulty theology cannot understand suffering and persecution outside of personal responsibility for everything that happens.
We may have friends and loved ones who think this way. And we might have thought like that now and again!
The book of Job teaches us about the reality of God’s sovereignty. Job was not the cause of the bad things that happened to him, but even more – through his trials Job was kept within the everlasting arms of his God, our God.
Praise the Lord that He has given to us this book, so that we might wrestle with these truths, relevant and important for us today.
* God Above,
Please help us understand a little more of You today from Your word.
Please help us know a little more of who we are, and our need for You.
Please save us Lord, for we cannot save ourselves.