“I cry out to you, 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. Job 30:20-23
After a long period of suffering Job grows resentful on his oppression. In the process, he cries out to God with a sincere heart accusing the Lord of hardening His ears to his pleas.
Job prior to this made some of the boldest declarations of faith during trials we encounter in the Bible. He steadfastly stood against his wife and friends who could not see the hand of God in any of this suffering. His steadfastness in the faith is such a remarkable example for us when we encounter trials of many kinds.
After suffering without support from his entourage, Job grew hopeless. Discouragement seeped through his mind and his faith in the rescue of the Lord grew weak, to the point that he became certain that the hand of the Lord upon Him would surely cause his destruction.
The verses above are filled with Job’s emotions. They capture his anguish and his resentment toward what God is doing. Job was a righteous man, and he knew that grief against his life were allowed by God. However, Job grew so tired and hopeless that he could not see the good in what was taking place.
The same Job who previously said to his wife: “But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips” in Job 2:10 was now upset with the Lord because of the heavy weight that was on Him.
Have you ever felt the Hand of God powerfully laid against you? Has calamity knocked at your door? Have you experienced loss so profound that you have questioned where God is in the midst of your struggle?
Take a lesson from the life of Job. God is there, even in the midst of the mess, pain, arduous cries and storms. Even when you feel as though He is silent and distant.
The Lord is not slow to answer our prayers and keep His promises. However the testing of our faith produces perseverance. And God desires for us to grow and made stronger in our trust in Him.
God is walking with you as He walked with Job.
Job never learned what conversation took place in Job 1 in the heavenly realms to bring this hardship into his life. Not even after seeing the Lord does he come to know.
We have a constant thirst for knowledge, but sometimes we simply will not know. We won’t always know why a certain hardship came into our lives. We won’t know why a loved one preceded us into eternity. We won’t know why there is such animosity on the job.
We won’t always know why the temperature is so high in the midst of our deserted and seemingly perilous seasons. But we do know that God is there in the thick of it with us. He never abandoned Job and His intentions were never to cause him harm. To the contrary, God was bragging on Job.
Job’s suffering was a period of great witnessing before the heavenly hosts. God said: “Look at my servant…”
God trusted Job to make it through this trial.
And if you are in the midst of a trial you did not bring on yourself by disobedience to the Lord, you can be assured that God has not abandoned you.
The time will come when the deliverance of the Lord will be clear. And if you persevere in the trial, you too will exclaim:
“I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye sees You; Job 42:5.
Your faith will be made stronger for having persevered.
When the Lord comes to your rescue, I pray He finds you faithful, continuing to rely on Him, and not having cursed His name or His work in your life.