Job’s friends were trying to make sense of his suffering. Even though Job himself, didn’t understand, he pointed them to the one who he knew did. He knew where true wisdom could be found.
“O God, grant me these two things, and then I will be able to face you. Remove your heavy hand from me, and don’t terrify me with your awesome presence. Now summon me, and I will answer! Or let me speak to you, and you reply. Tell me, what have I done wrong? Show me my rebellion and my sin. Why do you turn away from me? Why do you treat me your enemy?” Job 13:20-24 NLT
There have been times in my life when my faith has been stretched and I wonder what God is doing. I can relate to Job, when I think that God’s silence means that I have done something wrong. But, I’m learning to lean in and trust in the waiting.
“Even a tree has more hope! If it is cut down, it will sprout again and grow new branches. Though its roots have grown old in the earth and its stump decays, at the scent of water it will bud and sprout again like a new seedling. “But when people die, their strength is gone. They breathe their last, and then where are they? As water evaporates from a lake and a river disappears in drought, people are laid to rest and do not rise again. Until the heavens are no more, they will not wake up nor be roused from their sleep. “I wish you would hide me in the grave and forget me there until your anger has passed. But mark your calendar to think of me again! Can the dead live again? If so, this would give me hope through all my years of struggle, and I would eagerly await the release of death. You would call and I would answer, and you would yearn for me, your handiwork. For then you would guard my steps, instead of watching for my sins. My sins would be sealed in a pouch, and you would cover my guilt.” Job 14:7-17 NLT
I am thankful that I don’t struggle without hope. Even when things seem dark, I know that light is coming. Jesus is near. I grapple with Job’s questions and vulnerability. He didn’t have the knowledge of Jesus like I do. Yet, he still pressed in, when it would have been easier to fall away.
Help me to remember Lord, in times of silence, you are teaching me to depend on you. Thank you for friends who point me to you. Thank you for your word and your promises. Help me to praise you in the midst of suffering. Amen.
“Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.” Psalm 100 NLT