- “to regard with extravagant respect, honor or devotion.” And in his deep hurt that is what Job did. I suggest to you that Satan could not have been more defeated than at that moment for he was so sure Job, when stripped of all his blessings, would curse God. And yet, instead of cursing Him, he worshipped Him and in his worship, as v.22 states, he did not blame God. What a defeat for Satan. Let us learn from this example.

But as you are aware when a trial begins to continue on longer than we thought it would, longer than we thought it should, especially when we have responded biblically, it then becomes harder & harder to stand firm, to trust in God, to have hope and to continue to respond appropriately. And as that trial continues it also grows more difficult to live without some kind of explanation of “why,” of “Lord, what are You trying to do here?” We know that we are to live our lives based on promises, not explanations, but the longer a trial drags on the more intense our desire grows for an explanation. And that is what is beginning to happen with Job.

In the beginning, he responded phenomenally. If you were writing the script of a model response that is how you would write it. But this trial has now been going on for months and his foundation is beginning to crumble. He is beginning to question God’s goodness. He is beginning to question all the things he has believed about God. And he has reached the place where he desperately feels he needs to know WHY. Promises are no longer good enough; he needs some type of explanation. And so he says in 10:2b(NASB) – “Let me know why You contend with me.”

Quite frankly, we think we have a right to know why. That’s the way we think in our American culture, but that is not true. Do your children have a right to know why you tell them this or that? They think they do, but do they? Now you may choose to tell them but they do not have a right to know. Does a person in the military have a right to know why his commanding officer orders him to do something? Can you imagine a football player calling a time out in order to ask the coach to explain why he called a certain play? No, we don’t have the right.

So if that is true on the human level, is it not more true when it concerns the sovereign King of the universe and His created beings? Yes and I don’t think I would get any disagreement on that issue even though we still may not like it at times. So Job does not have a right to have some explanation from God and neither do we. I think it is important to declare that in light of the culture we live in.

But let me move on to something else that I want to communicate to you this morning that is essential for us to grasp in this story of Job and it is this: not only was it not Job’s right to have an explanation or to know why but it was critical that he NOT know why all this was happening to him. It was critical for him NOT to understand why he was going through