Job 31: Why Can’t We Know Everything?
We have now come to a sort of grand finale of Job’s speech in chapter 31 of the book named after him. Essentially, the entire chapter is a list of things that he could have done, and if he had done them, what the punishment fall on him.
Job 31:5 If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit;
Job 31:6 Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.
Most of the chapter goes on like this, but we ultimately come to what is a pivotal verse in my mind.
Job 31:35 Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.
He wishes that he had a complete description of the charges that have been brought against him. If God were to talk to him, and if he had literally have a book to read about what he had done wrong, he would appreciate it.
How often do we say things like this? Don’t we want to know God’s big picture plan right now?
I have to admit that I would like that very much. I would like to know why things have happened and what larger purpose there really is. This is particularly important for the bad times.
Interestingly, we are quite a bit better off than Job was. We actually have a book. It wasn’t written by our adversaries, but it does help explain why the world is the way it is. We understand that we do live in a fallen world, and even though there are a variety of explanations as to the problem of evil, I think we can all agree that evil is a reality. The Bible explains that. We know how sin entered the world, and we know how it will one day be eliminated.
Beyond that, even though we might not talk to God in the way that Moses seemed to be able to, we are able to get answers from that same Bible. It is certainly a theological book that deals with some heavy issues, but there is also quite a bit of practical, everyday knowledge. Maybe we don’t hear a booming voice coming down from the sky, but God does answer us through His Word.
I know that we all wish that we knew more. We wish that we could understand more about the nature of the world. I wish that as much as anyone else. However, humans are not omniscient. We all know that. Therefore, it is a good thing that we communication from One who is.