“Would you condemn Me that you may be justified?” Job 40:8
Job, like so many people today, found it easier to blame God for his troubles than to admit that he himself was the problem. Charles Capps once stated that the answer to the question, “Why,” when bad things happen might be harder to accept than the tragedy itself.
First of all, let us rule out God as the cause of sickness and disease. In James 1:13 it says, “Let no one say when he is tempted (tested), ‘I am tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, NOR DOES HE HIMSELF TEMPT ANYONE.” In the original Greek the word translated “evil” in this scripture is plural. Correctly translated it would read “evils”. God is not behind, nor is He the cause of anything evil in this world. And yes, sickness is called evil in His Word. (See Psalm 41:8.)
I find it very disturbing that the Word of God clearly commands us saying, “Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted of God,” yet almost everyone in the church is doing just that! It happens all the time. When tragedy or sickness strikes, people will say things like, “The Lord must have needed another angel in heaven”, or “God must be trying to teach you something.” What they are actually doing is placing the blame upon God for their tragedy or sickness.
God is NEVER to be blamed for evil in this world! God is a good God! In Exodus 33:18 Moses prayed to see God’s glory and God responded by making all His GOODNESS pass before him. The glory of God is the PERSON of God. When God revealed Himself to Moses, all Moses could see was GOODNESS. Do you want to know why? Because there is no badness in God! God is totally good! God is goodness personified!
In Job 1:21 Job made a statement that he later recanted when he said, ‘The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away.” Here is a perfect example of someone without the proper knowledge of who God is or His ways, trying to justify WHY something bad has happened. Inevitably, people would rather blame God than consider the fact that it was their own sin or ignorance that opened the door to trouble.
Job’s number one problem, like so many people today, was ignorance. Ignorance of God’s ways can have disastrous effects. In Hosea 4:6 God revealed why so many of His people are defeated, oppressed and sick when He said, “My people are destroyed for lack of KNOWLEDGE.” Ignorance of God’s Word is the number one open door by which Satan, the Destroyer, enters our life.
In Job 38:2 God told Job that he had spoken without having proper knowledge. Then in Job 42:3-6 Job admitted that he had spoken words without understanding God’s ways, and he repented.
God is not to be blamed for your sickness or disease. He is not using it to teach you something. All sickness comes from the devil. It could be that your own ignorance of God’s ways and Word is keeping you from receiving the healing that Jesus has provided on the cross.
Prayer: Lord, forgive me that in my ignorance I blamed you for my trouble. Help me by Your Holy Spirit to learn your ways so that I may better walk with you and receive the healing for my body that Jesus promised was mine