Job was a righteous man and he got nailed when God made a bet with Satan.
Job, wallowing in his pain and misery, desired someone to talk to, someone who was able to go between him and God to sort some things out. Job was confused. He knew he was righteous, but why all this bad stuff?
Job says, “Know now that God hath overthrown me.” The word “overthrown” is the same Hebrews word translated “crooked” in Ecclesiastes. Job is basically saying, “God has made me crooked!”
Job’s argument with his friends goes like this: “I know I didn’t do anything to deserve this. I don’t know why this is happening. I know God did it to me. I have no idea how to get rid of it. I have no clue. Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.”
How beautiful! Job knew he had been made crooked by God, thus he also knew there was nothing he could do to straighten out his crookedness. That which is crooked can not be made straight.
Job’s friends, on the other hand, knew exactly what to do! In Job 8, Bildad says
Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert justice? If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away for their transgression; If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty; If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.
Bildad asks whether God’s judgment is perverted. The Hebrew word for “pervert” is the same word translated “crooked” in Ecclesiastes. Bildad knew God’s judgment couldn’t be perverted, THEREFORE, Job is merely getting judgment for his sins. Job should repent and then God would straighten!
Fascinating! Bildad was wrong! Bildad’s hypothetical question, “Doth God pervert judgment?” implies a “no” answer, but his explanation of that answer is wrong! Does that mean God’s judgment of Job is perverted and crooked?
By all appearances, yes! Job didn’t know what was going on, he just knew God would take care of him.
Bildad knew exactly what was going on and exactly how Job could take care of it, and was utterly wrong!
Here’s the thing about straightening crookedness: We don’t even know what the background issues are, how can we possibly think we know how to solve these issues?
Yet who do Christians tend to resemble when they hear other people’s problems:
Job: I don’t know, lets wait and see. No matter what, lets trust God
Bildad: I know what God is up to. Here’s how to fix your problem.
Let us be swift to hear and slow to speak. We cannot straighten that which is crooked. Never forget that we’re part of the crooked.