Words Without Knowledge

If you are like me, you have plenty of thoughts, ideas and feelings about a great many things. If you are also like me, you don’t mind and have very little hesitancy in sharing those thoughts, ideas and feelings with others.

We all have a great deal in common with Job.

Job was hurt deeply. He was devastated. All of his property, all of his children and his personal health had been taken from him. He agreed partially with his friends that good things happen to good people and bad things came to those who were wicked. But he also knew he had not been guilty of wrong doing. This time he declared that God had the wrong person and God was making a mistake.

Thus God’s question to Job – “Who is this who darkens counsel with words without knowledge? (Job 38:2 NET)

How do you darken counsel with words without knowledge? Well, you say what you think, what you believe and what you feel. That’s exactly what Job did, but he didn’t know. He had no idea what God was doing and why. But not having that knowledge did not stop him in the least from passing judgement on God and blaming God for being unfair and cruel to him.

Perhaps Job can help us to remember to be a lot more cautious about declaring our judgement on things we actually know nothing or very little about.