This is from a man who is suffering. This is from a person in pain.
Life is hurting, and the hurt explodes in a cry out to God – looking for answers, after an explanation, searching for a meaning in suffering.
What do you think about this cry to God?
Do you think it’s arrogant? Do you find it out of place? Do you think it’s offensive – even just a little bit?
I wonder if we are supposed to see past just the words off a page in our bibles
I wonder if we are supposed to hear more than the cries of man wanting God to justify Humself.
I wonder if we are supposed to look deeper.
To know that God never condemns Job for this honest cry of anguish.
To know that these words point to a faith in the God who is there to hear – he wouldn’t talk to an absent deity.
To know that his cry for help naturally implies a relationship, and a trust in the One who can help in times of trouble.
To know that even in his pain, Job still calls God “Almighty”.
I wonder if we can look and listen deeper here.
And I also wonder if we can look past this, to a future moment, when another man suffered.
And He also cried out to His Father God.
And He was met by silence.
For this man’s suffering would result in salvation, forgiveness, assurance and grace.
His suffering, resulting in his death, would result in eternal life for all who believe.
And we say, ‘Thank you Jesus’.
But I desire to speak to the Almighty and to argue my case with God.
— Job 13:3