These are Job's words.
Yes, even in the midst of his sorrow and pain, he prophesies about the coming of the Lord! He KNOWS there is a Redeemer living in the heavens promised to set him free, and that He... Jesus, will stand on the earth to save us from ourselves; from our distress, from our trouble, from our illness and pain.
Job proclaims hope for the future, hope for himself, hope for us all! Our Redeemer will be seen by each of us, not as a stranger. How comforting, how kind.
My heart longs within me.
Have you ever been around someone who's complaint never ends? Who's tale of woe is destined in their own mind to be the worst of all mankind? Who couldn't rub two positive thoughts together if their life depended on it? Well I have!
But nothing I have ever heard them say could compare to the hardships of Job. Yet still his friends make an interesting point. It's as if they are saying...
"Are YOU the one exception in all God's creations that He cannot console?"
I mean.... "Are YOU really THAT special, that you've surpassed God's loving ability to comfort?"
Were you the first person ever born,
or were you brought forth before the hills?
Do you listen in on the council of God,
or have a monopoly on wisdom?
What do you know that we don’t?
What do you understand that is not clear to us?
Job 15:7-9 HCSB
Surely even in a truly difficult times, it's possible that our complaint and self-pity get to the point where we give them over to pride and idolatry, and we end up worshipping our problems rather than the God who can help us through them.
How can we comprehend the magnitude of our Almighty God? How can we pose the question, "Why?" In reality... is there any expecting of a concrete answer?
Clearly God desires to hear from us; He longs that we express the depths of our hearts to Him. But we cannot truly expect to grasp the depths of any answer He could give. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts... His ways are higher than our ways. Even if He tried to explain His reasoning to us for the, "Why..." we wouldn't be able to fully perceive it. So I don't expect that we will ever hear it in the way that we desire. I don't believe that we will get an answer in the way we expect. But let us continue to pose the questions, for it keeps the dialog of prayer open.
Hope dies... perishes... when we do not remember God. This is the sad ending when we rely on self or things of this world as structures of our confidence, for they are fragile and flimsy. While they may be beautiful in nature, such as the spider web, they are small in focus, lacking perspective of the One who created us and the things we worship.
How devastating this existence void of such hope; fragile, teetering, faltering, unsteady. Let me never be so unsteady in life, but rather look up and turn to lean fully on the Lord.
For we have a God who does not waiver with the wind; does not change with the seasons. He does not run low on supply or resources, yet is eternal in power and creativity. How awesome that we can believe our God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He remains seated on the throne and never needs to campaign for office or seek re-election. Our God is the Original, the first, the best, the Almighty! He never falters, never fails, never loses, never gets rattled and never fears.
How grateful I am to have this confident hope! Let us never forget our God reigns!
Job has been tested twice. He has not blamed God for this trouble, but now curses the day he was born. This the reply of his friend Eliphaz...
For distress does not grow out of the soil,
and trouble does not sprout from the ground.
But mankind is born for trouble
as surely as sparks fly upward.
However, if I were you, I would appeal to God
and would present my case to Him.
He does great and unsearchable things,
wonders without number.
Job 5:6-9 HCSB
Job's friend expresses his advice to make a plea to God, and details not only great and unsearchable things of God, but how infinite they are in number. If like Job, we would but consider His limitless supply, even if we only count those seen within our lifetime. If we would but ponder the vast resources He has created since before time began, and those yet to come long after we are gone.
That alone should baffle the mind... how can we possibly only want for more, when we are so unaware of all He has already done? Let us not show ungratefulness to the unlimited Provider, by asking for something new today. Rather let us issue forth praise, honor, glory and worship... empty and open hands offering our nothing, confessing our troubles and receiving grace once more.
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