THE SERVANT GENERAL
LESSONS OF JOB
JUSTICE TO THE POOR
God is just and righteous, and so should we be.
psalm tells us about the justice of God in caring for the
poor. We learn a number of things.
First, it is amazing that God, who is “the maker of
heaven and earth, the seas and all that is in them”
(Ps 146:6), is mindful of the poor. No, not that it is not
to be expected of God, who is pure love. But it is amazing
that the Almighty, the Omnipotent One, the Creator of the
whole universe, awesome as He is in His majesty, is concerned
about the least among us, the nobodies of society. Those who
are disdained by the world are cared for by God.
poverty is the result of injustice. When people do not give
to others what is their due or what is rightfully theirs,
then they are impoverished. Then they do not receive what
God intends for them, and they do not experience the abundance
that God intends. There is more than enough resources in the
world for everyone to live a life of dignity, but some take
much more than their rightful share and deprive others of
poverty comes in many forms. The poor are those who are hungry,
those who are oppressed, those who are in prison, those who
are blind, those who are bowed down, the stranger, the orphan
and the widow (Ps 146:7-9).
as the world fails in justice, it is God who stands in the
gap. It is God who “secures justice for the oppressed,
gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free; the
Lord gives sight to the blind. The Lord raises up those who
are bowed down; ... The Lord protects the stranger, sustains
the orphan and the widow” (Ps 146:7-8b,9).
the Lord intervenes, but through other human beings, who become
His instruments of love and caring. Such are those who are
just and righteous, who act as God acts, who love as God loves.
God secures justice for the poor by using the righteous. And
here is the blessing if we are such: “the Lord loves
the righteous” (Ps 146:8c).
Job was one such man.
He was just in his dealing with the poor. He did not deny
“anything to the poor, or allowed the eyes of the
widow to languish” (Job 31:16). “For I rescued
the poor who cried out for help, the orphans, and the unassisted;
the blessing of those in extremity came upon me, and the
heart of the widow I made joyful.” (Job 29:12-13).
was steadfast in his godly ways. He was clothed in righteousness
and justice. “I wore my honesty like a garment; justice
was my robe and my turban.” (Job 29:14). He lived
righteousness and justice. “So long as I still have
life in me and the breath of God is in my nostrils, my lips
shall not speak falsehood, nor my tongue utter deceit! My
justice I maintain and I will not relinquish it” (Job
was the antithesis of unrighteousness and injustice. “Let
my enemy be as the wicked and my adversary as the unjust!”
confidence was such that he said, “Let God weigh me
in the scales of justice; thus will he know my innocence!”
Thus did God recognize and proclaim the righteousness of Job.
“Have you noticed my servant Job, and that there is
no one on earth like him, blameless and upright, fearing God
and avoiding evil?” (Job 1:8).
In Job we see reverential fear, righteousness and justice.
Job is our model for right relationship with the Almighty.
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