Reading through Job 35-37 today, it’s all about Eliphaz’s continuing speech. I read his version of what is going on with Job, and I’m pretty sure Eliphaz listens to Mark Driscoll’s podcasts and considers himself a Young Calvinist. What I mean is this; there is a large group of the American church who understands God as someone who transacts in sovereignty and justice. He is a God who chooses whoever He wants, and then gives them whatever He wants. He loves the pure in heart, and is heavy handed on the rest. They tend to be very close minded about any other views but their own, and live out of a place of fear.
God is sovereign (totally in control), there is no doubt. He is a God of justice, for sure. But He loves all of us equally, and gives all of us an equal chance to serve and love and follow Him. He extends grace after grace after grace to us, even though none of us deserve it. He saves us when we call on Him, over and over. We are all equal before Him, because He is so very, very, very good.
Because of this, we need to be humble in how we approach each other. It is not our place to judge. That’s one of the big points in Job. Job did not lose everything because of sin. Had he sinned? Sure. But that wasn’t what caused the detonation. In his case, God wanted to stick it to Satan, and He trusted Job to stay faithful through it. Nothing more. No one should have been judging Job for what happened. They were all off.
Obviously, when we sin, it has consequences. But even when it’s obvious, it isn’t up to us to judge people for those sins and consequences. When we love someone, we can talk about the consequences they face without begin judgemental. We need to walk in humility and speak in grace, just like the Almighty One does with us.
Who have you been judging lately? What do you need to tell them?