Read Job 31
Focus on verses 35-37
When injustice befalls us, one of the things we seek most desperately is vindication. Nearly every story worth listening to contains some element of this theme. Countless book and movie plots are organized around some variation of the following plot line. The main character of the story is unjustly wronged, maligned or marginalized building causing tension within the viewer/reader regarding the conflict until…as the story finds its resolution the truth is revealed, the antagonist is exposed as the true bad guy/gal, and the main character is vindicated in the eyes of the community and rides off into the sunset arm in arm with the supporting character.
It seems that within our human nature there is an innate sense of justice. Most of us (with the exception of those whose consciences have been seared or twisted by seriously dysfunction circumstance) have an inner sense of what is right and what is wrong, particularly when we find ourselves on the receiving end of the wrong stuff. Our natural response is to expose the wrong. Essentially to be vindicated in the eyes of the community around us. Job is no different. “Oh that just one person would hear me!” is his cry. Perhaps what is most troublesome to him is that he is not entirely sure who his adversary really is. In verse 36-37 he essentially says, “If whoever it is that is accusing me would just write out the accusations I would face him square on and give an account of every one!”
It can be a frightening realization when we finally come to realize that one of the greatest threats to our successful navigation of the road of life resides within us. The reason we can’t overcome it ourselves is because it IS ourselves. In a few days when we come to end of the book of Job, God speaks to Job and to his friends, and He begins with some dramatic questions: “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.” Suddenly the perspective of who God is and who we are reminds us that it is not our place to stand in judgment of God (though He often allows us to pretend to do so).
There will be a day when God will judge all things. That will be the ultimate day of vindication. It will be a joyous day for some, and a terrifying day for others. The people who will be most terrified are the ones who believe they will be vindicated on the basis of their performance in this life. The ones who will be most relieved are the ones who have placed their trust in the vindicating work of Jesus Christ who died on the cross and rose from the dead to pay the penalty for all the wrong stuff we have done (and everybody has done some wrong stuff) so that God can vindicate us on the basis of the righteousness of Jesus Christ. God does not force anyone to trust in Jesus, He will however, allow us to choose an eternity that does not include Him. Once again the choice falls to us. Will we choose to attempt to vindicate ourselves? Or will we trust in the vindicating blood of Jesus.