FAITH AND UNANSWERED QUESTIONS

Job 42:1-10

My ears had heard of You but now my eyes have seen You” (Job 42:5).

From Our Daily Bread devotion, 12-5-04, Anne Cetas wrote:

Just before Christmas 2003, Lydia came home from work to the sight of flames shooting out of her house. She was devastated by more than the loss of her home–seven of her family members died in the flames. When news about the tragedy spread that morning, a deacon from her church rushed to comfort her. She had some deep questions for him, but he had no answers.

Lydia could relate to Job’s story. He lost all 10 of his children (Job 1:18-19), yet he continued to worship God (v.21): Then his health was affected, and his wife urged him to curse God and die (2:9). Job’s friends thought they had the answer–he must have sinned and deserved his troubles.

Job complained bitterly to the Lord and pleaded for an explanation and relief, but God didn’t give him any answers. He didn’t even tell him about Satan’s request to test him (1:6-12; 2:1-6). Instead, He reminded Job that He was the all-wise God and that Job was not. Job was humbled, and he repented for having questioned God’s authority (42:1-6).

God confronted Job, “Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him? Let him who accuses God answer Him!” (40:2). In these first six verses of chapter 42, we see Job’s humble response to the Lord’s second discourse (Job 40:6-41:34; see 38:1-40:2 for His first discourse).

Job acknowledged God’s sovereign power, and admitted that he spoke of things beyond his understanding (v. 3-4). Job now saw God with eyes of faith and spiritual understanding. He repented for the presumptuous words he had spoken and accepted God’s plan for his life, which included suffering. “My ears had heard of You but now my eyes have seen You” (V. 5).

God rebuked Job’s so-called friends for their critical attitudes and false assumptions, which added to Job’s suffering (v. 7).

After Job had prayed for his friends, God made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before” (v. 10). Perhaps our restoration will not be as sensational as Job’s, but no one has known such intense suffering, have we?

In our troubles, we can trust God for strength to endure as He works His purpose through us. “I myself will see Him with my own eyes—I and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” (Job 19:27).

God may not answer all our questions, but He will always keep His promises. It is reassuring to know that He is sovereign and no matter what happens, we have His full attention and loving care.

What God is doing you may not know now,

But someday you’ll understand why;

Questions that taunt you and trouble your mind

Will one day have heaven’s reply. —Hess