Job 34: God Is Just


As Job’s friend Elihu continues speaking in Job 34, we see him point out another very important characteristic of God.

Job 34:10  “Therefore, hear me, you men of understanding: far be it from God that he should do wickedness, and from the Almighty that he should do wrong.

Job 34:11  For according to the work of a man he will repay him, and according to his ways he will make it befall him.

Job 34:12  Of a truth, God will not do wickedly, and the Almighty will not pervert justice.

In verse 10, we see the perfection of God. He is not wicked, and He cannot do wrong. This is obviously significant.

In verse 11, we come across this important claim that humans are ultimately responsible for the choices they make.

Finally in verse 12 is reaffirmed that God does not do evil and that He does not with pervert justice. In other words, He does indeed provide justice.

All three of these premises do fit together into some kind of logical proof. If we believe that God ultimately must perform right actions and that humans are responsible for their actions, then it follows that God must be just as long as we can affirm that justice is objectively right.

I think that requires just a little explanation. If humans are responsible for their actions, then they will need to see the consequences of their actions. This is justice. Therefore, if God does the right thing, and the right thing is to allow people to be responsible for their choices, then God must be just.

It does indeed make sense, but what does that even mean for us?

It means that there are indeed consequences for actions. When God uses difficulties to correct people and move them in the right direction, it is the consequence of doing wrong. That is justice, and if God is just, He would naturally act in a manner that reflects His nature.

This is an important truth about God. We might not always understand everything that is going on, but we do have a guarantee that God is a God of justice.

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Posted on November 4, 2013, in Job and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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