Job 11:14-20 (NKJV) 14 If iniquity were in your hand, and you put it far away, And would not let wickedness dwell in your tents; 15 Then surely you could lift up your face without spot; Yes, you could be steadfast, and not fear; 16 Because you would forget your misery, And remember it as waters that have passed away, 17 And your life would be brighter than noonday. Though you were dark, you would be like the morning. 18 And you would be secure, because there is hope; Yes, you would dig around you, and take your rest in safety. 19 You would also lie down, and no one would make you afraid; Yes, many would court your favor. 20 But the eyes of the wicked will fail, And they shall not escape, And their hope—loss of life!”
Job’s three friends assume that Job is hiding some secret sin in his life. They believe that Job has an unrepentant sin in his life. They believe that Job is covering up some sin. This is the same way that many Christians behave today. Whenever tragedy or misfortune occurs in their Christian friends’ lives, they make the assumption that their friends must be covering up some sin. And many Christians are also like Job, they believe that they have no sin in their lives that they should repent of. Yet, there was something that Job needed to confess. And like Job, many of us are unaware of the thing in our lives that is keeping us from having a right relationship with God. And I believe, it is pride. I know, that I need to deal with pride each day. Otherwise, it will sneak into even the littlest of statement that I make or thought that I have. I most certainly need Christ dwelling in me to keep me humble. What Zophar is saying is true about sin. If we would simply repent of it and agree with God that it is sin, then God would hear our prayer and bring us back into a right relationship with Him. But as believers, we are to be careful not to be like Zophar and assume that there are secret sins in the lives of other brothers and sisters who fall into hard times. And we should not predict the complete judgment of other brothers and sisters in Christ. We should not attack our brothers and sisters who are facing tragedy, lost or hardship. Rather, we need to be merciful in grace and in love.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.