VENTING our FRUSTRATIONS directly to GOD
June 2 Bible Reading: Job Chapters 28-30
"I cry out to You, but You do not answer me; I stand up, and You regard me. But You have become cruel to me; with the strength of Your hand You oppose me. You lift me up to the wind and cause me to ride on it; You spoil my success. For I know that You will bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living." (Job 30:20-23)
Job continues to speak of his present suffering as he sets the stage for the contrast between his past prosperity and his present pathetic state. Once again Job articulates the central problem of the book: Why will God not answer and talk with him? He is now in terrible pain, disfigured with boils all over his body after losing everything that he owned in his life so far. He cannot return to the past, endure the present, or face the future! But God is silent through his terrible ordeal!
From the chief of princes, Job is now the object of contempt and cruel pranks by the most useless elements of society. Rejected by his former wealthy colleagues, scorned by the poor as not really one of them, abandoned by his wife, and seemingly unable to communicate with God, Job is finally about to cave in and say whatever is necessary to save himself. But Job refuses as he again lifts his head, reaffirms his integrity, and stands fast!
In doing so, Job addresses God directly. Why has this terrible fall from honor occurred? Even though God refuses to answer and give him a reason for his present suffering, Job will not curse God nor will he give up his hope in God. In the similar manner, when we also go through terrible situations in our lives, it is better to vent our frustrations directly to God instead of complaining to other people. "It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes." (Psalms 118:8-9)
Whenever our circumstances lead us to a downward spiral in life as we join Job in the “dust and ashes” (v. 19), let us remember that our Lord Jesus Christ was once there (Ps. 22:15) and He knows how we feel. He is adequate for all that we need for our yesterdays, tomorrows as well as our todays (Heb. 13:8). Let us not just remember our past enjoyments but also remember God’s past mercies in our lives (Psalms 77:1–12), and trust Him for our unknown future as well.