Verse of the Day Devotion: Job 34:12
“Surely, God will not act wickedly, And the Almighty will not pervert justice.” – Job 34:12
This is an interesting verse which is just as true today as it was back then. This was said by Elihu, who was not one of the three friends (Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite, who came to be with Job during his troubles. This verse brings forth a great truth that we need to always remember: God does not do anything evil and He does not act unjustly.
Elihu was terribly angry when it came for his time to speak. He had listened to Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar speaking to Job, followed by Job’s responses and it appears that Job began to imply that God may have done wrong in all that had happened to him. Here are Elihu’s comments. “Let us choose for ourselves what is right; Let us know among ourselves what is good. For Job has said, ‘I am righteous, But God has taken away my right;” Job 34:4-5. The idea here is that Job declared himself righteous, and God knew he was righteous, but would not declare his innocence. In this, Elihu seems to claim Job said God perverted justice. And if He perverted justice, than there could be a claim of wrongdoing.
However, Elihu states in our focus verse, with no question, that God will not act wickedly or pervert justice. The apostle John puts it this way. “This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5. Just as Elihu stated that God will not act wickedly or pervert justice, John goes even farther by saying that God is light with no darkness at all. There is not even one small speck of darkness in God. He is good, He is loving, and He is perfect. God will not act with evil intentions but will only act in our good.
We must understand with no question that God will not act in any way that is evil. Even though we may go through hard times, we must not look at it as God bringing evil upon you. On the contrary, what we may look at as bad and evil is actually a good, and we must trust in this truth. As I have quoted in other devotions. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28. Everything He does is for our good, or for the good of someone else. We do not always understand the why, but there is always a good reason. Even with what Job went through, God took that situation and revealed who He was. “Then Job answered the LORD and said, I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted. Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ “Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. Hear, now, and I will speak; I will ask You, and You instruct me. I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye sees You; Therefore I retract, And I repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:1-6.
God had a good reason for allowing everything that happened to Him, and Job finally understood that and repented. Let us also, understand this incredible truth and know that, as Paul said, ‘all things work together for good, for those who love God’.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.