2 “Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it.”
3 Then Job answered the LORD and said:
4 “Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth.
5 I have spoken once, and I will not answer; twice, but I will proceed no further.” – Job 40:2-5
Job was right about his friends; they had jumped to wrong conclusions about his sufferings. But where Job went wrong was when He questioned God’s allowing him to suffer. For two chapters, God responds to Job, with a firm, yet patient response. He reminds Job that it was God and not he who created the world and everything in it. He reminds him of His sovereign power over and care of all things. (These two sentences alone do not do the passage justice. You would do well to read it.)
And then the conclusion to the two chapters is verse 2 above: Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it.
Of course, Job had nothing to say back. For who can find true fault with God? Who has a valid argument against Him? Oh, and the Lord wasn’t done yet. He would go on for two more chapters after that.
Job’s circumstances were unimaginable. He had lost everything. And yet sometimes, it takes a much smaller trial for us to fall into this kind of trap. When trial strikes, we might question God’s decisions. We might remind Him that we don’t think we deserve what He’s ordained for us to go through. And His response to us is the same as it was to Job’s.
In addition, not only are the four chapters true, but it strikes even deeper for us, because not only is He ruler of all things, but He also sacrificed everything for sinners like us. He purchased our eternal lives with His own blood–and we dare question His love for us? We dare question His sovereign power and care?
May we decide now, before trial strikes, to put our hands on our mouths, as Job did.
God, help us to trust in You in every decision that You make.