In our relationships with God, we typically over-estimate our righteousness and we underestimate God’s righteousness. Especially when we are unhappy with our situations. Three key truths for today: things happen, we reap what we sow, and God is merciful…
8 “But you have said in my hearing—
I heard the very words—
9 ‘I am pure, I have done no wrong;
I am clean and free from sin.
10 Yet God has found fault with me;
he considers me his enemy.
11 He fastens my feet in shackles;
he keeps close watch on all my paths.’
12 “But I tell you, in this you are not right
10 “So listen to me, you men of understanding.
Far be it from God to do evil,
from the Almighty to do wrong.
11 He repays everyone for what they have done;
he brings on them what their conduct deserves.
12 It is unthinkable that God would do wrong,
that the Almighty would pervert justice.
23 God has no need to examine people further,
that they should come before him for judgment.
24 Without inquiry he shatters the mighty
and sets up others in their place.
Job 33:8-12, 34:10-12, 23-24
It is easy to blame God. In fact, in our world which seems unfair and often like it is out to get us, we can easily blame God. If there is a god… Have you heard that? If there was a god, he wouldn’t let things like this happen…
We typically over-estimate our righteousness and we underestimate God’s righteousness. Can you see how crazy it is to fall into that trap?
Job’s counsellors point out that God does not do evil – he does not do wrong. He will definitely repay people for their action: we will reap what we sow in life. Yet, as God interacts with us as his precious creation, he does not pervert justice. He is the fair and right. God is the author of all that is right and just.
Part of our trouble with God’s ways, however, is that we tend to want to tie our situations to our own judgement of our righteousness. That’s how we get into the I don’t deserve this mode. In retrospect of those times, it is God who doesn’t deserve this… he doesn’t deserve our critique.
God sees all and knows all. He doesn’t even need to assess people in order to make judgements. He already knows who is righteous and who is not. He sees everything which we hide.
We ought to consider that things happen – good and bad – to all people because we live in a fallen world. On top of that truth, we reap what we sow. And on top of that truth, sometimes God will spare us what we deserve because God is merciful. Labelling and blaming are way too simple and lazy ways to live.
Seek God’s righteousness. Acknowledge his ability to see and hear everything. Rely on him no matter what your situation is…