“Behold, God is mighty, but despises no one; He is mighty in strength of understanding. He does not preserve the life of the wicked, But gives justice to the oppressed. He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous; But they are on the throne with kings, For He has seated them forever, And they are exalted.” Elihu goes on to further remind Job of God’s greatness: “Behold, God is exalted by His power,” “Behold, God is great and we don’t know Him,” “God thunders marvelously with His voice,” and “With God is awesome majesty.”
It is because of God’s greatness that He despises no one. We will see this clearly when Jesus arrives on the scene and makes His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The people will cheer for Him but Jesus will weep. Why? Because Jesus knows that the people cheering for him that day will days later yell for His crucifixion. He weeps because He knows that the city of Jerusalem will be destroyed by the Roman Empire in 40 years. He weeps because He came to give them eternal life and the majority rejected Him. He weeps because He despises no one but is broken hearted over the people’s unbelief. He weeps because He knows the consequences of their unbelief.
There will be a day of judgement for each person and that judgment will be based on your relationship with Jesus Christ. Paul will write about this coming judgement – “But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who ‘will render to each one according to his deeds’” (Romans 2:5-6, Psalms 62:12). And John will tell us that Jesus will be the final Judge – “For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him” (John 5:21-23).
So how do we escape the wrath of God? It is through trusting in Jesus Christ as our Savior – “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope” (Romans 5:1-4).
We can have hope during our trials knowing that God is for us and that one day we will be in the presence of His greatness for eternity, “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
Tomorrow, Job stands in the presence of God. Keep reading.