Moreover the Lord answered Job, and said: “Shall the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him? He who rebukes God, let Him answer it.” Job 40:1-2 NKJV
Job will humble himself in this chapter, but let’s not get out ahead of ourselves.
In the last two chapters God revealed His omnipotence and total authority over creation. He also made sure Job understood exactly what he had done. Job contended or struggled with God. He attempted to correct the Almighty. Job rebuked the Lord!
The bible has much to say about people who contend or otherwise oppose God. They are evil and ungodly. It addresses people who attempt to correct the Almighty and rebuke Him. They are arrogant and proud of heart. They will not inherit the kingdom of God!
God referred to Job as His servant. He declared Job righteous. The Lord described Job as a man who fears God and shuns evil. How can that be? Job sinned against the Lord.
Godly people get angry with the Lord. We may get angry when we cry out to God but do not receive the answer we seek. We may get angry because we know God can answer our prayers and change our circumstances, but He does not.
It takes a measure of faith to get angry at God when He does not change our circumstances. Is it a sin? Yes, it is. It is not an unforgivable sin? No, it is not!
God had already forgiven Job.
God commanded Job to answer for his sin. He did not condemn Job. He gave Job an opportunity to repent. He gave Job an opportunity to humble himself. God gave Job an opportunity to recommit His life to the Lord!
Many of us struggle with God. We struggle to live according to His will for our lives. We struggle with letting God live out His life in us and through us. Some of us struggle with our sinful past. All of us struggle with the sovereignty of God at one time or another!
We may not want to forgive ourselves for past sins. We may not want to forgive other people for sinning against us. Some of us struggle with the memories of sinful living. We may have forgotten the pain it caused and glorify the momentary enjoyment of it!
Jesus knows our struggles. He custom designed many of them for us. The Lord does not want us to be victimized by our struggles. He wants us to be victorious over them!
Job was not perfect. He had character flaws. God approved and accepted Job. God loved Job!
Jesus knows you are not perfect. You have character flaws, we all do. The Lord loves and accepts you. If you have been contending with the Almighty repent. Humble yourself before the Lord. Recommit your life to Jesus. Do it today!
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