Job 36: God Loves
Elihu is still continuing his speech in Job 36, and today there was one verse that particularly stood out to me. I love how Elihu has a way of laying out a lot of the basic truths of Christianity while he is busy making his rebuttal.
Job 36:5 Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom.
The significant part of that verse is that God does not despise or hate anyone. In fact, God is just the opposite.
1Jn 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
God is love. As a result, there cannot be hatred as well. God does indeed love people and wants what is best for His children.
Some people have a difficult time reconciling this with the justice of God. You have probably heard it before. How can a loving God ever condemn people to eternal suffering in Hell?
If God was not loving, would He have taken all of the effort to create a system that all of humanity can be forgiven and escape that condemnation? Would He have sent His own Son to die a gruesome death for a group of people that He really didn’t care that much about?
It is hard to deny that there is love there. There must be something more there than simply a passing interest. God does not hate the world; no one is beyond the saving power of forgiveness. However, sin is what separates us from God, and that is where that justice needs to come in. Unless we are forgiven through Jesus Christ, we have not accepted forgiveness and are guilty in our sins. If we are guilty, then we do need to face justice. That seems logical. We all would be destined for that fate without forgiveness since we are all guilty.
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
This is a major dilemma for many people. They feel that God must not be loving and may even hate people. They feel that eternal condemnation must not be a sign of justice but rather a sign of hatred. I hope that you can see that God is love. Without any intervention, we would all be headed that way. God provided a way out.
If I was driving towards a cliff in a car that would not stop, the loving thing to do would be for you to help me get out. God did that for us.