In today's passage in Job, it begins for us reading Bildad's advice for Job. Bildad wastes no time in accusing Job and his children for sinning against God (Job 8:4). In the previous verse he said that God was not unjust, so they must be receiving punishment for their wrong doings. He also told Job that God rewards the righteous and punishes the sinner (vs 20). He advised Job to look to God and to get on his knees in repentance so that he could be restored (vs 5-6).
Job responded by agreeing with Bildad on the characteristics of God, but disagreed and remained solid in his position of being innocent. Job does not believe that he is sinless, but he wishes he could have a day in court so that he can prove he is innocent of the kind of sin that deserves the suffering he is enduring. In his despair he voices complaints about God, but he does not curse God as satan said he would.
In chapter 9:33, Job expressed his desire for an arbitrator between himself and God. Job is confident that such a person exists, and that through him justice and vindication will occur. Today we are fortunate because we have that mediator - Jesus Christ!
We have a huge advantage over Job by being able to read his story and see what God is doing. Not knowing all the information, Bildad falsely presumed that Job and his children sinned sufficiently to earn the punishment received.
Do we ever think that God is now punishing us for something we once did, or doubt the righteousness of God's justice?
In 1Corinthians 4, it was verse 2 that stood out for me, "Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful." Stewardship comes to mind.
Everything we have is God's. He is the source of all our wealth, our personal talents, and even the memories we have embedded in our brains - everything. God wants us to be content with everything we have, knowing that He will provide for us everything we need. He just asks for one thing in return - to use it all wisely, recognizing that it belongs to the Lord and that one day we will be held accountable for how we treated His possessions.
Before I lend something out to someone, I try to imagine how they will treat the item I am lending. How am I treating the possessions that God has trusted me with?
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Job 11-13; 1 Corinthians 5