The friends of Job had made it sound as though only the ungodly, unrighteous, and wicked on the earth suffer; yet, here was Job, a righteous man suffering in the most horrendous way. Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar were turned into accusers; not the type of friends a suffering man needs to hear from. After the seven days of mourning they should have packed up and went home.
In this fallen world there is suffering, and pain everywhere you look. Job reminds his friends that there are wicked men and women who seem to be wealthy in material things, and live a very long life, without seemingly any pain at all, or any judgment.
Hear Job’s words for us today…
“But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.
Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:7-10 (KJB)
Job uses all of creation as an example of knowing the truth about suffering. It does not play favorites; neither does God. The earth itself even groans in suffering. What do you think the volcanoes, earthquakes, storms, and some fires are? Because of the sin of Adam kind, from Adam and Eve on the creation has been suffering along with the crown of God’s creation; no one is exempt from suffering, pain, or grief.
Know this: If you have had no suffering you will. If you are suffering right now it will have its end.
If the most righteous Man who ever lived suffered pain, grief, and loss; then we can rest assured we too will suffer. That righteous Man who suffered was the Son of God, God the Son who came that He might suffer judgment and death on a cross, be buried in a borrowed grave, and then by His own power rise from than grave alive forevermore. His name is Jesus.
All creation declares the glory of God (Psalm 19:1). Will you hear?