***I began this blog at 9:30 AM on 4/15. In no way is this text related to the recent bombing in Boston. If any portion appears insensitive, I apologize and further defend that I do not perceive recent events as “trivial”. ***
Some aspects of life hurt. Some aspects of life really, really hurt.
And other times, we’re just annoyed.
For a lot of Christians, we’re most vocal about the things that only irritate us. Typically, it’s the things that we either have no control over nor directly impact us.
By Job 21, the chief premise for Job’s discourse changes. He is no longer concerned about his personal strife, nor the incessant accusations from his buddies about his supposed sinful nature, but about God’s justice.
Much like today’s philosophers — and there are thousands all over Facebook, as you’ve likely observed — Job examines the eternal argument of why injustice is allowed on the earth while a good God presides over it. The wicked become powerful and rich, their descendants are given everything, and they continually spurn the Lord. Meanwhile, Job in all his righteousness suffers tremendously and God seemingly twiddles His big thumbs.
Halfway through the chapter, however, the tone changes. He recognizes that these people “drink the wrath of the Almighty” (v. and that their doom is imminent (v. 30). The wicked won’t get away with it — at least, not forever. There is an eternal consequence, and the consumption of this poison only results in a painful forever-kind of death.
With this said, Job begins to recognize the trivial nature of his friends’ arguments (v. 34):
How then can you comfort me with empty words,
Since falsehood remains in your answers?”
In other words, Job is seeing through the trivialities. He’s sick of his accusatory friends and their weak sauce arguments.
When you continue to mediate on the success of the corrupt around you, awaiting their demise and all the while crying out about how unfair it is, life seems like one drawn-out tragedy. But the moment you consider the everlasting righteousness of God and the capital nature of grace, that God would save even the most terrible man if he would embrace the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, that the Lord would once again grant you breath today and give you the opportunity to serve Him anew, the hollow arguments and mild annoyances collapse.
References: “Why Grace Changes Everything” by Chuck Smith.