If He takes away, who can hinder Him? Who can say to Him, “What are You doing?” (Job 9:12)
The source of Job’s integrity had to be related to his fear and understanding of His Creator. Job knew His God. He understood His awesome power. He fathomed God’s virtue. He further knew that to question God’s reasoning was to question His integrity. It is acceptable to ask God why; but to ask Him questioning His correctness, Job knew, was foolish. Job did not understand why such calamities were befalling him. Nevertheless, he trusted his God. He declared, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” There is much to learn from the suffering of Job. The great lesson is patience. James says, “You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord---that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.” We may not always understand, but we can always trust the Lord. Therefore, it is O.K. to question the Lord, but it is not O.K. to challenge Him.