June 18

Job 38:1-11

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.” vs. 4

People have long asked, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”, and have struggled to find suitable answers. The writer of Job is certainly familiar with the question and has presented a long narrative exploring various answers. In the course of his story he presents God’s response to Job’s laments in colorful and provocative ways. His images of creation reflect a pre-scientific understanding but do a remarkable job of showing the puniness of our human perspective. And even as our knowledge of physics and astronomy has increased we still don’t have a good answer to God’s question. We weren’t around at the beginning…and we really don’t understand. Oh we can describe the Big Bang and guess at what happened but we don’t have a clue about the purpose and meaning of all that has taken place. We exist on a remote tiny planet in the midst of infinite space and we’ve only been around for a wrinkle of time. Who are we to even question God? It’s God who should be questioning us! Why do we behave so abysmally in the midst of such splendor and beauty? Why do we spend our lifetimes in accumulation when we’re only here for such a brief time? Why do we hate so deeply…and fail to love? We may never find answers for why bad things happen to good people, but there’s really no excuse for good people to do bad things!

Thought for the Day: Why is there evil?

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