Joining Job in Thought

Does God do what is right? Actually to join Job in thought we should understand not that God does what is right, but that He reveals what is right by what he does. “ So far from God being under any law of ‘right,’ He is a law unto Himself, so that whatever He does is right” (A.W. Pink).

Job by William Blake (1793)

Job by William Blake (1793)

Therefore, in his trial, Job said, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away . . . . ” (Job 1:21). In the giving and the taking, though opposite activity, it was right in that it was the activity of God. We recognize Job’s acceptance of this truth concerning God’s activity by his conclusion of praise, “ . . . blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21).

Individuals who do not understand this concept in the sovereignty of God may charge God foolishly when they encounter certain trials. It is only in the present and only from the mouths of the unlearned that we may hear the foolish charge against God’s activity in the words, “It’s not fair.” Those who think like Job will settle into their trial with the thought that God does all things well and what He does is right. You can verify that you have joined Job in thought when at all times you can sing from the heart, “Blessed be the name of the Lord!”