Sometimes life feels like a high-stakes game of whack-a-mole. It’s an absurd mental picture, but frightfully accurate. It seems once you begin to grasp one concept or perfect a skill, two other malicious moles poke their heads up into your life and chaos ensues again. We simply can’t get all the right answers at the same time.
Job and his friends had the same difficulties interpreting life. Man only has two hands and once we have a handle on two concepts, another flaunts its elusiveness. One commentator boiled the heavy wisdom in the book of Job down to three core thoughts. Think of a triangle where each point bears a concept.
- The first point – God is Just
- The second point – Life is Fair
- The third point – Job is Righteous
As these men wrestle with life’s most complex concepts, they can’t bring all three into alignment. Job claims he is righteous. If that’s true, the friends say, then life is not fair thus God is not Just. They insist God is just and life is fair, so Job has unconfessed sin bringing God’s wrath upon Him. As they keep whacking at the moles of logic they can never keep all three down.
True wisdom is to realize that the system by which God governs life as we know it is neither blind nor bound. To assume life is fair would mean we all have earned the ultimate consequences of destruction because of God’s absolute holiness and our unquestioned rebellion. However, there is such a thing as grace. God’s grace does not violate His justice. Instead, it gives eyes to his system which recognizes the robe of righteousness which is of Christ (Philippians 3:9) clothing every sinner who has humbled themselves before Him.
Also, the system is not bound. Man tends to only think within the boundaries of time and matter—this life. God’s sovereign decree often inserts into our present reality, but His work is greater and more grand. He works eternally. The godly man does not cease; the Lord shall keep them. Yes, the Lord shall preserve them from this generation forever (Psalm 12).