Read: Job 12:1-13
Consider: Job received a lot of criticism from his friends (Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar), who told him that the predicament in which he found himself must be the direct result of some sin he had committed. In Job 12:1 we read: Then Job replied: ‘Doubtless you are the only people who matter, and wisdom will die with you! You can tell from his use of sarcasm that Job has become tired of their criticism.
Later in his response to his friends, Job says: I have become a laughing-stock to my friends, though I called on God and he answered – a mere laughing-stock, though righteous and blameless (Job 12:4). This is something we can all find ourselves facing, particularly in society where our Christian views can be ridiculed by those we associate with either socially or in work. When friends, family and work colleagues do not understand our faith it is easy for them to treat us and our faith lightly.
Reading further, Job says: But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind (Job 12:7-10). Initially this might seem a strange thing to say because, of course, we cannot ask the animals, the birds, the earth, or the fish their opinion of God and expect to receive a reply. To gain meaning from this we need to think of something Paul said in his letter to the Romans: For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse (Romans 1:20). What Job is saying is that all of creation reveals God’s character and none of his created things can refute that they have been made by God.
To God belong wisdom and power, counsel and understanding are his (Job 12:13).
Pray: Father, while we do not always understand why things happen, we do know that you are sovereign over all creation. Amen