Job 12:12-25 (NKJV) 12 Wisdom is with aged men, And with length of days, understanding. 13 “With Him are wisdom and strength, He has counsel and understanding. 14 If He breaks a thing down, it cannot be rebuilt; If He imprisons a man, there can be no release. 15 If He withholds the waters, they dry up; If He sends them out, they overwhelm the earth. 16 With Him are strength and prudence. The deceived and the deceiver are His. 17 He leads counselors away plundered, And makes fools of the judges. 18 He loosens the bonds of kings, And binds their waist with a belt. 19 He leads princes away plundered, And overthrows the mighty. 20 He deprives the trusted ones of speech, And takes away the discernment of the elders. 21 He pours contempt on princes, And disarms the mighty. 22 He uncovers deep things out of darkness, And brings the shadow of death to light. 23 He makes nations great, and destroys them; He enlarges nations, and guides them. 24 He takes away the understanding of the chiefs of the people of the earth, And makes them wander in a pathless wilderness. 25 They grope in the dark without light, And He makes them stagger like a drunken man.

In Chapters 12 through 14 we have Job’s response to the speech of Zaphar the Naamathite. Zaphar had one thing right. And that is, if we see things as God does, and how much greater is God’s way as compared to ours. We would see that God’s greatness disqualifies us to question God’s justice. As we know the reason why God allowed these things to happen to Job, Zaphar was wrong about a hidden sin in Job’s life. But Zaphar was right about Job being arrogant. As we see Job break out in rant about how God’s sovereignty produces unexplainable and inconsistent results. I think Job is really filled with pride here. God allowed Satan to put Job through the ringer so to speak, because God saw the strength of Job’s faith. Job is getting beaten badly, and his three friends are not siding with him. But Job is standing firm in his faith, but he has a lot of questions for God. Job is going to go into a fit of self-pity and without knowledge or wisdom he is going to question God. For Job feels that he is just rotting away, and he cannot see any point to his suffering at all. I think we can learn a lot about suffering from Job, and we can also learn a lot about God. There is always a sign of hope or a positive aspect in an otherwise horrible situation, a silver lining as the saying goes. But it is hard to see it when we are suffering, just as Job could not. But rather indulging in self-pity and running our mouth without knowledge and wisdom to God, we should simply be still and know that He is God. We ought to simply hold on to His hand and walk quietly with Him. And let God’s love comfort us.

God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.