For Job, it was plain. He was suffering, yet he had done no wrong. So there could only be one logical reason for the pain he was experiencing: God had made a mistake. This was why he cried out for a mediator; he wanted to be heard to set the record straight with God—to set God straight.
That is, until God started speaking in Job 38. Did Job really think he could argue with God and win? Did he really believe that God was punishing him instead of a neighbor because He had the wrong address? Job was so set on proving his own innocence that he was willing to impugn God’s righteousness.
What Job couldn’t see in the midst of his suffering was that his pain, on this occasion, was not a form of discipline. God had a greater purpose in it. Our good God is sovereign even over our suffering. So God had not made the mistake; Job had. God had allowed Job to suffer so that even through his suffering, Job might declare the glory of God, just as he had in chapters 1–2: The Lord gives; the Lord takes. Blessed be the name of the Lord.
In what ways can you point others to God’s glory through your suffering?