Today you should read: Job 11
“But a stupid man will get understanding when a wild donkey’s colt is born a man!”(v.12). Zophar speaks very boldly to Job in today’s passage. He not only questions Job’s character but he passes judgment on Job. Zophar is calling Job a worthless liar and a fool. We of course know that Job was innocent because we have the scripture to tell us. However, Zophar makes a bigger mistake than just ignorance. Zophar is acting on the assumption that suffering is a consequence of sin against God. Basically, Zophar was assuming that If Job was innocent of sin then God would not allow suffering in his life. He had an Old Testament version of the prosperity gospel.
We as believers must learn a couple of lessons from the mistakes of Zophar.
1. All trials are a result of sin but not all trials are a result of your sin. I must mention that there are consequences for our sin that we at times suffer for (Galatians 6:7-8). However, there are many times that we will go through trials that are not a result of our sin but the sin that is in the world or other’s sin.
The sin of this world includes: Natural disasters, death, miscarriages, etc.
We live in a sinful fallen world and things will happen that are no fault of anyone. Yet, when sin came into the world in Genesis 3 death entered into all creation.
The sin of suffering at the cost of others sin include: Abuse, rape, murder, gossip, slander, etc.
God does not cause evil to happen to us but at times he does allow it to happen in our lives.
Job experienced both of these two categories of suffering. God allowed this in Job’s life in order to grow him and test him. Zophar and his friends did not consider the possibility of job suffering due to anything apart from his own sin.
2. God is judge and we are not.
None of us can know a man’s heart and it is not our right to proclaim the judgment that we believe another man deserves. Don’t misunderstand me, there is a difference between a loving rebuke to a brother who is walking in a sin habit (Matthew 18:15-20) that is known and judging someone for their circumstance without knowledge. Zophar was assuming that Job was lying without any evidence to prove that Job was in sin.
However, if someone is in sin and they suffer the consequences it is still not our right to bring about God’s wrath. We deserve nothing but wrath ourselves because of our own sin. We should always seek to restore a brother or share the gospel message of salvation to the lost. (Ephesians 2:1-10, Galatians 6:2, Luke 6:37). After all, if you are in Christ the only reason you have not experienced the wrath of God is because of the blood of Jesus.
Posted by: Chad Wiles