Today's Key Verse, Job 5:15 "Yet God rescues the orphan from the sword of their mouth, the needy from the grip of the strong; "
But what about when this isn't true?
As a post-enlightenment thinker (as we all are in the West), we tend to think in absolutes. We often see the world in binary terms - black or white, on or off.
When I see a verse like this in Job, making claims about God, my mind wanders to those who have faced tragedy where their loved ones weren't saved.
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And so we may need to re-examine these verses in Job. The danger is to take this passage out of context. And the context is that Job knows exactly how Mr. & Mrs. Parmertor are feeling - he has lost everything including his own children.
Furthermore, Job is not the one speaking in today's text - it is his friend Eliphaz. These words are lifted up to show that sometimes justice doesn't occur in all situations. The reader knows that Job is innocent from the beginning of the book. And we hear these words that are common theology for much of the world: you get what you deserve. We observe that they aren't true in all situations from the very nature of Job's story.
And yet, Eliphaz is affirming his faith in who he believes God to be. Fundamentally, God is the one that rescues the orphan and the needy. In my finest moments, I too embrace these characteristics of God because the world has been touched by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Our faith acknowledges that there are times in life when we face the cross. Such as right now for the Parmetors. Yet, our faith also nudges us past the cross - in time we see that resurrection will touch us too. This moves me past the absolutes and into the realm of faith.
I don't think Job appreciated the timing of Eliphaz's words but maybe the words needed to be said. Because what everyone needs when they are facing the cross is hope.
How will your words or actions share this hope today?
Breath prayer for today: Holy Spirit, comfort my neighbors.