Justice and Peace

Ben Van Arragon

Read: Job 42:7-17 And the LORD restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. (v. 10) Throughout the Bible, the Lord insists that he is a God of justice—a God who restores goodness to creation. The suffering of Job, a righteous man, seems to contradict God’s own claims. Still, God promises “to bind up the brokenhearted, …

I Repent

Ben Van Arragon

Read: Job 42:1-6 Then Job answered the LORD and said: . . . “Now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” (vv. 1, 5-6) Job spent days in literal dust and ashes. Now, before Almighty God, Job embraces the figurative dust and ashes of repentance. There are two Hebrew words translated “repent.” The …

Not a Tame God

Ben Van Arragon

Read: Job 39:1-25 [The LORD said to Job,] “Who has let the wild donkey go free? Who has loosed the bonds of the swift donkey, to whom I have given the arid plain for his home and the salt land for his dwelling place?” (vv. 5-6) In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the Pevensie children prepare to say …

An Audience with the Almighty

Ben Van Arragon

Read: Job 38:1-7; 40:1-14 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?” (38:1-2) Job’s journey through suffering is characterized by one desire: an audience with God. Job’s suffering is the Lord’s silence. Therefore, it should come as a relief to Job when the Lord shows up and …

Why Do the Wicked Live On?

Ben Van Arragon

Read: Job 21:1-34 Then Job answered and said: . . . “Why do the wicked live, reach old age, and grow mighty in power?” (v. 7) In the film It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey gives constantly and sacrificially to help his community. But George finds himself at the mercy of Mr. Henry Potter, the greedy banker who holds the …