Though God allowed Job to be afflicted, He continued to listen to His cries.
We have already discussed the overwhelming chaos that Job experienced in his personal life. However, this morning I feel the need to address Job’s discourse that begins in chapter 26 and ends in chapter 31.
Though it appears to be a response to Bildad’s advice, it’s so much more than that. It’s almost like an open and honest venting to God. Job has nothing to lose, so he throws up every word that his mind can muster.
As I read through this 6 chapter discourse, I was moved in particular by verses 20 through 28, of chapter 30.
“I cry out to you, O God, but you do not answer; I stand up, but you merely look at me. You turn on me ruthlessly; with the might of your hand you attack me. You snatch me up and drive me before the wind; you toss me about in the storm. I know you will bring me down to death, to the place appointed for all the living.” (30:20-23
“Surely no one lays a hand on a broken man when he cries for help in his distress. Have I not wept for those in trouble? Has not my soul grieved for the poor? Yet when I hoped for good, evil came; when I looked for light, then came darkness. The churning inside me never stops; days of suffering confront me. I go about blackened, but not by the sun;I stand up in the assembly and cry for help.” (30:24-28)
So many times we live in this terrified state of being, where we dare not utter a harsh word to God. In Greek mythology, there is this sense that one should not speak harshly as to anger the god(s). For some reason, even in Western culture, we have brought this thinking into the Christian faith. Job’s discourse teaches us such a powerful lesson.
Whatever we need to say, God can take it! How quickly we forget that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us! Much like an earthly father, He longs to hear from His children, even if it’s sharing our frustrations concerning Him.
I challenge you this morning; go make a cup of your favorite hot drink and relax in your favorite chair. Open your Bible to Job 26 and read through all 6 chapters, to 31. Pay attention to the urgency in Job’s writing, then consider your own life.
What in God’s planning and/or provision is driving you crazy? Where do your frustrations with His will lie? As your mind begins to entertain these questions, pray like you’ve never prayed before! Address every situation and struggle, being mindful that He’s listening intently to every word, just as a father listens to his child.
Originally posted at QuietMorningsWithHim.com by Jeremy Norton.