Modern Christianity wants God to speak to them.
They want Him to tell them why things happen, tell them His purpose, tell them His will for them.
This is the cry of Job. Job suffered, he didn’t know why, and he cried out to God to respond.
Modern Christianity sympathizes with Job. “Speak, Lord! We are in dust and ashes.”
Job was doctrinally ignorant. So is modern Christianity, but at least Job had a good reason.
Job lived before the Bible was written. In his loneliness and despair he said:
“Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.” – Job 31:35
All Job wanted was a book. Later, God wrote one.
The Bible tells us about God’s will, His purpose, why bad things happen, and salvation.
Job had an excuse to cry out, he did not have the Bible. He said if he did:
“Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me.” – Job 31:36
Christians who think they are like Job today are foolish. Job did not have the Bible, and neither him nor any of his friends understood the mystery of Christ (Job 15:8).
We have the Bible. We can read. The mystery has been revealed. What is our excuse?
Cherish God’s book.
For His glory,
Justin “we have a book” Johnson