Job 11:1-6 (NLT)
1 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied to Job: 2 “Shouldn’t someone answer this torrent of words? Is a person proved innocent just by a lot of talking? 3 Should I remain silent while you babble on? When you mock God, shouldn’t someone make you ashamed? 4 You claim, ‘My beliefs are pure,’ and ‘I am clean in the sight of God.’ 5 If only God would speak; if only he would tell you what he thinks! 6 If only he would tell you the secrets of wisdom, for true wisdom is not a simple matter. Listen! God is doubtless punishing you far less than you deserve!
The bible says Job was a man blameless, complete of integrity, fearing God, and staying away from evil. Even God pointed Job out to Satan saying he was the finest man in all the earth, blameless and complete of integrity. Yet in the verses above one of Job’s friends, Zophar, accuses Job of having done something evil that God is punishing Job.
Zophar attacked Job with venom. He portrayed Job as a man who loved to hear himself talk; although Zophar had no evidence to backup such a claim. You have to wonder what type of friend Zophar was to attack Job as he sat depressed from the loss of family, friends and property; and miserable from the pain he was suffering. Yet Zophar said, “God is doubtless punishing you far less than you deserve!” Zophar was quick to use God to backup his claim. Zophar was quick to condemn saying if only God would speak, he would tell you what he thinks. How often have people done that towards others? Have you ever had someone accuse you of something without knowing the truth? Or maybe you heard someone say, wait until God judges that person? Wait until God shows them what the truth is! It was Zophar who was wrong! God had already proclaimed Job to be a man of integrity. God was the one who had judged Job and found him to be blameless. We must be careful in our views of people that we don’t make claims for God that God himself has not made. We are not the judge, God is and God knows every mans heart.