Job – Chapter 8

Where there is suffering, there must be sin?

In chapter 8, Bildad, Job’s friend, begins to rebuke Job. His logical principal is that God punishes sin and based on the circumstances – the lost of Job’s family, fortune, and health, surely Job has sinned. He also accuses Job for defending his innocence and begins to reason with him that his circumstances were God’s judgment on his sins and those of his family.

Bildad concludes that if he repents, then he would be forgiven and blessed.

I think Bildad almost got it, but not quite all the way. Suffering itself doesn’t necessarily mean one is sinning. Suffering consequently from a sinful act – yes. Self suffering (inflicting pain onto yourself) – yes. But a righteous suffering is different. If God so choose to break you down it is so that you will draw closer to Him. Now, when was the last time you’ve experienced God’s presence? When was the last time the Holy Spirit illuminated your soul? It is not when everything is going wonderful but when you are at the low points of your life. When all is stripped away¬†until¬†there is nothing left, where will you go? At this point wouldn’t you turn to God himself? This is a very dangerous prayer to pray but this is a prayer that we all should be praying everyday.

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  1. anonymous says:

    Job 9:20 ESV

    Though I am in the right, my own mouth would condemn me;

    though I am blameless, he would prove me perverse.

    Job often says he is in the right and blameless and therefore does not repent of any sins he may have committed.

    How do you feel about people who claim to have no sins to confess or repent? Do you feel Job is holding himself too highly? How would we ever know we are “in the right” or “blameless?”