Job gives forth a long, somewhat poetic lament on his anguish at ever being born. He curses the day of his birth and asks why life or light would be given to one would face such pain and suffering. His discourse muses on life and struggle, and is worthy of a deeper read. For this moment, suffice it to say that Job is in full-blown lament.
Along comes Eliphaz with a request and then a purposes heart to speak to Job about his situation. He lauds Job’s past compassion on others as he lifted them up. He points out that Job has claimed his integrity and lauded his own reverence of God. However, he also lifts up the view that no one comes under the king of trouble Job has if he or she were innocent. He even speaks of a vision he had in which he saw that no one can stand before God innocent, but will be crushed in their sin.
And the deluge begins. The common thought process of Job’s day (early history, the first book of the Bible ever written) was that sin produced trouble and judgment, no exceptions. While we see that God actually saw Job as upright and just, the friends of Job, beginning with Eliphaz, still rely on the common thought process and want to blame Job for his own troubles. While it is never good to hide your sin when you suffer, it is also unfair and presumptuous for any of us to assume one sin when they suffer. Sin may cause suffering, as sowing and reaping do go hand in hand. However, as we see in the life of Job, trouble can also come to the righteous. Don’t be too quick to judge. Be very quick to pray and encourage those around you who suffer.