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God Is Always Right!

Job 36:22-23

May 29, 2019

There are a lot of people who question God. There are a lot of people that doubt God. There are a lot of people who disagree with God and contend with Him. However, for all the people that dispute God’s sovereign control and supreme wisdom, can anyone actually prove God is wrong? For all of the debate about God and His workings, has anyone’s opinion and argument actually proved God wrong so as to condemn Him? The Bible teaches that this is blasphemous, and that those who live this way will be judged eternally in hell. Does their opinion matter then? The scriptures prophesy that when God administrates final judgment according to His perfect righteousness, no one will contend with Him. When we all stand in His presence and see the perfection of His beauty, His glory, His splendor, His holiness, and His righteousness, we will all know that He is right because we will all see proof that He is God and there is no other! The point is, we can disagree with God all we want and question Him and His methods, but there are consequences for this, and in the end, we’ll just find out that we were wrong, not Him.

 

The testimony of Job 36:22-23 proclaims this point simply. As Elihu sought to encourage Job to repentance for His self-righteousness and self-entitled attitude, he reminded Job about the magnitude of God’s greatness. Job had questioned God and His faithfulness. Job had expressed great doubt in God’s methods and treatment of him. Job had expressed great disagreement and contention with God about the extent of pain that he suffered. Elihu tried to remind Job that his contention and rebellious heart was wrong because God is ALWAYS right in what He does. Elihu made just a few statements in these two verses, but these statements make it clear that God’s goodness is supremely great in all ways, never to be questioned or doubted.

 

Elihu first reminded Job that God is exalted by His own power. The scriptures refer to God as “the Most High God.” There are many illustrations, testimonies, and theological truths that explain the supremely exalted nature of God. However, it is important to remember that God didn’t need help to get where He is. God is supremely exalted above all because of who He is. He is upheld by the nature of His own glory and power. He has never required help or counsel in any sort of way. The modern church has suggested that God created angels and people because “He needed someone to love.” The Bible doesn’t teach this at all! The Bible teaches quite the contrary. The Bible teaches that God is totally self-sufficient on His own. He is eternally self-existing and self-sustaining, not requiring service or aid from anyone or anything. The love of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit was sufficient in and of itself to exalt God.

 

This means that we are to be careful in how we examine God and the use of His power. If God is in heaven, and we are on earth wanting to be in heaven, do we help God get us there? How can we help God get us into heaven if God was in heaven long before we were created? Remember the basis of Genesis Chapter 1: In the beginning God…

 

God was sufficient to create all things and maintain them to perfection a whole week before people were part of the equation. If God didn’t need our help to create and exalt His position above creation in the beginning, what makes us think that He needs us now? So then, should we examine the work of God with a critical eye to see if the use of His power is good or bad? Should we examine His control over our lives as if God is doing wrong? Should we look at the commands of God as if His power might not be sufficient to enable us unto obedience? This was Job’s issue. His bitterness towards his suffering circumstances caused him to become critical of the use of God’s power. Job expected God to use His power according to his personal desires and expectations. Job had the attitude that he had earned certain privileges and that God was misusing His power to keep Job from those privileges. Does our exalted position increase the value of God? Likewise, does our pitiful condition diminish God’s exalted position? God is who He is because He is YAHWEH – The Great I AM – and there is no other. We don’t make Him any better or worse, so the manner in which He exercises His power towards us is always good, always beneficial to His glory. In other words, God is absolutely sovereign – in supreme control of all things, at all times, in all places, always glorifying His name in the process.

 

Elihu reminded Job that God is the Teacher. As supreme ruler of all things, God is obligated to teach about His ways of holiness, righteousness, mercy, grace, and love. God indeed teaches. God indeed reveals the essence of His own nature in order to instruct His people. The scriptures themselves proclaim:

 

“All Scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

 

The Word of God, the Holy Scriptures, the Bible, is the manner in which God teaches and equips His people. The Gospel of John teaches that the Word of God existed before the time of Genesis 1:1. The Gospel of John also teaches that the Word of God has always existed “with” God and also “as” God. In other words, the Word of God is simply the dictated portrait of who God is. Since the Word of God was rejected by His people throughout the times of the Old Testament, the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth as Jesus Christ – God in flesh. All of these truths point to God, and God alone being our teacher. He is the source of wisdom and knowledge. He is the essence of truth.

 

Therefore, who can teach like God? Who can know what is truly right and wrong without that understanding being imparted by God Himself? Knowing this, are we really qualified to make assessments about the manner of God’s work? Do we have any basis of understanding to know whether God’s work is good or bad? Human history has continually pointed out the flaws in human standards of righteousness. We cannot even keep our own standards, showing that our standards are always flawed and corrupted. How then can we be critical of God’s work and purposes? Though we suffer, is God wrong? If God is the essence of goodness and righteousness, it is impossible for Him to be wrong, and equally impossible for our disagreement with His work to be justified. No one can teach like God. No one can counsel God. For all the decisions that God has made throughout history, He has never sought advice from anyone, and His purposes have always been executed to perfection, progressively moving towards the fulfillment of His omnibenevolent promises.

 

Elihu reminded Job that no one directs God or tells Him what to do. Job prayed and cried out to God, pleading that God would provide mercy through means of death. God didn’t honor Job’s prayer, and later, Elihu explained to Job that God likely wasn’t even listening. This goes to show that, no matter how much we demand things of God, He’s not obligated to listen to those who approach Him presumptuously, pridefully, and with attitudes of self-entitlement. God made His promises, and He is faithful to fulfill them; but that happens on His terms, in His time. His terms are fundamentally eternal and spiritual in nature. His time is governed by His control of time from an eternal position. Therefore, we cannot make demands of God to do what He says in the time we want Him to do so. Abraham received the promise of God for an heir, and waited twenty-five years for the fulfillment of it. David was told he would be king of Israel, but waited thirty years to rule in the manner that God intended. The faithfulness, diligence, or desire of God’s people has never caused God to be in a rush or jump to meet the demands and expectations of His people. God always does what He says, but we are not able to direct God or make demands from Him.

 

These truths might seem difficult, or even irritating to people, but again, who can prove these things as wrong? Who can prove that this manner of God’s work is wrong? Who can prove that God was wrong to wait decades to fulfill His promises to Abraham and David? Who can prove that God was wrong to cause Job to suffer, especially in light of the excessive restoration God later provided? Who can prove God wrong in that He died while WE were yet sinners? Who can prove God wrong in that He became sin who knew no sin so that we who should die to sin, can be forgiven and live? Who can prove God wrong in that His purposes and promises are sufficient to conform sinners into the pure, holy, and righteous image of God according to faith, by His mercy, grace, and righteousness that was made manifest in His Son, Jesus Christ? Since God is CLEARLY right all of the time, we would be wise to humble ourselves so as to lend to the exalted nature of God, in gratitude for His treatment towards us in spite of who we are. We should confess our sin and offense against Him for criticizing His work and the manner of it. We should take every thought captive that doubts the goodness and greatness of God, that questions the outcome of His work and purposes. We should trust that God is who He says and walk according to that trust, with attitudes that await the hope of God’s promises for His namesake, understanding that the trials of our lives are intended to glorify Him; and that’s supremely good!

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