"What is a mere human, that you think so highly of him and pay so much attention to him?" ~ Job 7:17
This is the verse we'll be examining this week. We've talked a bit about the qualities of God. He is greater than any human being. He runs the world. Sir John Dalberg-Acton, 8th Baronet. said, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority; still more when you superadd the tendency of the certainty of corruption by authority.” Aren't you glad that this does NOT apply to God. He indeed has absolute power, but there is nothing corrupt about Him. He is great, holy and most importantly, loving.
Loving. That's not how Job was viewing God. Let's look at verse 17 in context with verse 18.
"What is a mere human, that you think so highly of him and pay so much attention to him? You inspect him every morning,
and put him to the test every moment."
Job was feeling a little persecuted. He wonders why God is so "concerned" with him that he keeps testing and affecting him. Clearly, Job was still deep in his grief. And who wouldn't be? But his perception of God at that moment is incorrect. And scripture shows us why.
" For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 CSB
God does indeed think much of us, His creation. But it is not to afflict us. He wants to save us so that we can spend eternity with Him. He wants to spare us from hell and the devil. Are we afflicted sometimes? Yes. But God is never out to "get us". Don't believe me? John 15:26 says " When the Counselor comes, the one I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father—he will testify about me. ." Who sends a helper, a counselor, if their intent is something negative or ominous? Nobody. Friends, God is for us. He always has been. He always will be. He was never against Job.
So even in the most trying of times, no matter how short or long we have to endure, we must never think God is against us. He will never leave or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6). He loves us. It is a love that has always existed and always will (Romans 5:8). If we hold onto those facts, they will help us keep a right view of God and strength to persevere.