Job 11:7-9 (NKJV) 7 “Can you search out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty? 8 They are higher than heaven—what can you do? Deeper than Sheol—what can you know? 9 Their measure is longer than the earth And broader than the sea.”
Zophar is correct, man cannot search for God and find Him. God must reveal Himself to man. But this is not new to Job. Zophar is preaching to the choir, so to speak. Zophar gives a wonderful talk about God, but it just doesn’t meet the need of Job. Many believers are of the mindset of Zophar, they believe that trials and tribulations are the result of some hidden sin, that is an unconfessed sin. They believe that the brother or sister who is going through hardship is covering up something. They say to him or her, “Just stop hiding your sin and repent, then God will hear your prayers and restore you.” And then they add insult to injury by saying, “You will face the judgment of God unless you confess your hidden sin.” This type of comforting does not work. Because it is an attack upon the person that is going through trials. But sadly, many believers feel that trials and tribulations are the result of some hidden sin. Yes, it is true that God disciplines His children whom He loves. And we as believers suffer the consequences of our sins. But even then, God uses the results of our bad choices to mold and shape us for His purposes and our good. Trials and tribulations develop godly character and proves our faith. “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5:3-5 NKJV). God wants us to be more and more like Christ. This is the ultimate goal of every follower of Jesus Christ. It is to be more like Him. So, everything in our lives, even the trials and tribulations, are allowed by God to help us be more like Christ. The Apostle Peter explains it this way, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:6-7 NKJV). My friends, our faith is made sure by the trials and tribulations in our lives, so that we can rest in the knowledge that we have a faith that saves. Therefore, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:2-4 NKJV). Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ did not promise us a bed of roses. We will go through trials and tribulations in life. The challenge for us is to figure out how to find joy in our trials and tribulations. When we can find God’s joy in the midst of our trials and tribulations, then we can consider each trial joy. My friend you can persevere in your trials and tribulations with joy because you have Jesus. Jesus is all you need.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.