Job 19: Correct the Problem, Move to Make It Better
In Job 19, as we have come to expect, Job is not thrilled with his friends. Last chapter, he was basically called a wicked man, and his friends were acting as if they understood everything about his current situation.
Here’s one particular verse out of his response that I think it Christians we really need to make sure that we take to heart.
Job 19:22 Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?
In the greater context, he has been saying how God has given him all of this punishment, so when we come to this verse, he is asking why they need to basically continue passing judgment on him. God had seen fit to allow this to happen to him, so he didn’t want the additional and really kind of useless criticism of his friends piled on top.
I know that we’ve all been in situations like this. For example, we have all done something wrong. When we do that and have been punished in some way, we don’t want people to keep reminding us of it.
We need to remember all of that. Whether we are dealing with Christians or non-Christians, we need to remember that condemnation is not ours to pile on to other people. We certainly can show people where they have gone wrong and help them find the right direction, but that needs to be tempered with forgiveness.
It does not do anyone any good to simply dwell on failures of the past. We need to help people get beyond that. After all, if we are talking that a certain sin in the past, wouldn’t it be better to address the problem initially, but then build off that towards a better future?
Again, I know that I have mentioned this several times but I will one more time, everyone in this chapter misunderstands. No one realizes the reason that God has allowed this to happen, so even Job himself is making the assumption that he must have sinned in this particular situation. We know that he had sinned in his life because he was human, but we are told that he did not sin in this situation.
As a result, Job did not understand that God was not really persecuting him but rather was allowing Satan to have his way with Job. However, I think that this verse does have application for all of us, and that is why I pointed it out today.
If God has corrected someone and allowed some challenging circumstance into his or her life, I think that we don’t need to be God and cast our own judgment as a constant reminder.
We need to help the person build on that experience to avoid that same mistake next time. It doesn’t excuse the sin, but it makes positive movement.