Job 11:1 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered: 2 “Should a multitude of words go unanswered, and should one full of talk be vindicated? 3 Should your babble put others to silence, and when you mock, shall no one shame you? 4 For you say, ‘My conduct is pure, and I am clean in God’s sight.’ 5 But O that God would speak, and open his lips to you, 6 and that he would tell you the secrets of wisdom! For wisdom is many-sided. Know then that God exacts of you less than your guilt deserves.
Zophar, one of Job’s friends, is pretty harsh in this passage. In v.3 he describes Job’s long lament in earlier chapters as “babble” and “mock”, rejecting Job’s assertion that God has punished an innocent person. He simply cannot conceive of such an act from God. No way. No how. That’s not how God works.
But Job does not back down.
If we read the entirety of scripture we see human understanding of God (theology) evolve over time. And, in fact, God’s relationship with people changes over time. God goes from being the tribal God of Israel in the Old Testament to the God of anyone – Jew or Gentile – in the New Testament. This morning I’m thinking about places where my understanding of God is being challenged. Where do I need to hold fast to my current understanding of God? Where do I need to make a shift? Lord give me grace to recognize the difference. Amen.