Job 24 … Consider Him in the Why

“Why are times not stored up by the Almighty,
And why do those who know Him not see His days?

A few other translations of this verse reveal Job caught up in a place in which most of us are all too familiar… the place of wondering Why.

“Why does the Almighty not set times for judgment? Why must those who know him look in vain for such days?” (24:1 NIV).

“Why doesn’t the Almighty bring the wicked to judgment? Why must the godly wait for him in vain?” (24:1 NLT).

“Why doesn’t God set a time for court? Why don’t his people know where he can be found?” (24:1 CEV).

We’ve been there. Confused. Believing God; and yet filled with all the Why questions.

Why do the wicked prosper?

Why do innocent people suffer?

Why doesn’t God act?

Why doesn’t God seem to be paying attention?

As I sat with the Lord in this chapter of Job with a few of my own Why concerns, my eyes caught the headline scrolling across the music channel playing softly in the background. The soothing sounds of the piano screeched to a halt. An actor dead from cancer at the young age of 43, leaving behind his wife.

And another Why flooded my thoughts. Why does death take the young? And then it seemed as though the floodgates opened. The days we find ourselves living in all but beg the asking… how many Whys have these current times induced?

Why is there so much injustice, so much violence?

Why is there so much hatred?

Why doesn’t anybody do something?

And the toughest Why of all… in the midst of all the sorrow, the suffering, the chaos and disorder, Why does it seem as though God is not even paying attention? Job felt the same way.

“From the city men groan,
And the souls of the wounded cry out;
Yet God does not pay attention to folly,”

Job asked Why. Why is God ignoring the cries for help? And worse, Why are the wicked getting away with it?

“From out of the city the dying groan,
and the soul of the wounded cries for help;
yet God charges no one with wrong,”
(24:12 ESV).

And that’s where Job ends up as he focuses on the Why. But as he turns his concentration to the truths he knows about God, as Job considers Him in the Why, a shift in his perspective occurs.

“But He drags off the valiant by His power;
He rises, but no one has assurance of life.
23 “He
provides them with security, and they are supported;
And His eyes are on their ways,”

Consider Him in the Why

In the midst of Job asking Why, in the midst of his rehearsing all the unprecedented evil the wicked unleashes all about him, Job Considers Him and lands on Truth. And while all his Whys may not be answered, Job is reminded that God’s justice will ultimately prevail.

But God drags away the mighty by his power;
though they become established, they have no assurance of life.
23 He may let them rest in a feeling of security,
but his eyes are on their ways,
(24:22-23 NIV).

And Job realizes, the wicked rest on a very flimsy sense of security with no assurance of life. And while they may seem to believe they are getting away with murder, God watches their ways. And while Considering Him in the Why did not bring immediate relief, it absolutely built up his faith.

Psalm 73 is a Psalm of Asaph, but it certainly sounds a lot like Job.

  • Considering Him in the Why inspires Truth.
    • Surely God is good to Israel,
      To those who are pure in heart! (
      Psalm 73:1).
  • Considering Him in the Why eliminates stumbling into envy and confusion.
    • But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling,
      My steps had almost slipped.
      For I was envious of the arrogant
      As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
      For there are no pains in their death,
      And their body is fat.
      They are not in trouble as other men,
      Nor are they plagued like mankind.
      Therefore pride is their necklace;
      The garment of violence covers them…
      11 They say, “How does God know?
      And is there knowledge with the Most High?”
      12 Behold, these are the wicked;
      And always at ease, they have increased in wealth,
      (Psalm 73:2-12).
  • Considering Him in the Why eradicates hopelessness and self-pity.
    • Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure
      And washed my hands in innocence;
      14 For I have been stricken all day long
      And chastened every morning,
      (Psalm 73:13-14).
  • Considering Him in the Why transforms our perception.
    • When I pondered to understand this,
      It was troublesome in my sight
      17 Until I came into the sanctuary of God;
      Then I perceived their end,
      (Psalm 73:16-17).

How do we respond to Him in the Why?

When we stop being consumed by the Why of it all, when we come into His Presence to Consider Him in the Why, His Holy Spirit will remind us of all Truth.

And when we Consider Him in the Why we will grasp His Truth: He is Sovereign, Omnipotent and Faithful; and we will come to realize there is nothing else we need, no matter what; even in the Why we don’t have an answer for.

Let us daily come into His Presence that we would take hold of the glorious privilege we have to Consider Him in the Why. Let us choose to seek Him in faith, each day and to let Him handle the Why. Oh, that He would grow us in our communion with Him, to experience true intimacy with Him in the midst of every Why. And let us ask Him in faith to use us as His witness, that others too may grow to Consider Him in their Why.

Whom have I in heaven but You?
And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
27 For, behold, those who are far from You will perish;
You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You.
28 But as for me, the nearness of God is my good;
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
That I may tell of all Your works,
(Psalm 73:25-28).

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