Here are my thoughts for the back page of the Fishkill UMC bulletin for this Sunday, October 14, 2018, the 21st Sunday after Pentecost (Year B)
To understand what Job is thinking, one needs to understand the mindset of society at that time. Then, having wealth, power, and prosperity were signs that God was pleased with you. Sickness and poverty were signs that one had sinned and the degree to which one sinned was reflected in one’s poverty and pain. It is a view held by many today.
Everyone is telling Job that he should just accept his punishment and curse God. But Job knows that he is being punished unjustly and he wants to know why. But to ask God “Why?”, he must know where to find God.
If we keep reading, we see that, in the next chapter, Job complains about those who take advantage of the poor and helpless and yet God doesn’t seem to do anything. “Where is the justice,” Job asks.
How can there be a just God when God doesn’t seem to care what the rich and powerful do; how can there be a compassionate God when the poor, the displaced, and the oppressed are forgotten?
Some ask such questions but don’t get the answers they seek, and they turn away. But it is our faith that allows us to seek these answers and it is in our faith that we will find the answers. ~~Tony Mitchell