Silence… Don’t you hate it when you are on the phone with someone… just talking away, and then you stop and wait for a response and they aren’t there because they got disconnected! You call them back and try to figure out where the phone cut out and then you have to start all over again. Sometimes in our Christian walk we feel like God keeps dropping our calls, or that it is just silence when we wait for an answer. By chapter 10 Job has reached that point.
Job has heard yet another speech by one of his friends, Bildad. The argument Bildad presented was fairly weak, as it dealt primarily with tradition. Bildad told Job that it has always been believed that God will not judge the righteous… so it must be true. Job’s third speech rebuttals this argument.
In chapter 9 Job begins to become bold and frustrated with God. He starts using language that expresses his desire to bring litigation AGAINST GOD. Job knows he has no chance of winning such a court case, but he wants to have it. Job wants to mouth his complaints to God, and let God know He has been unfair. Job wants answers to his suffering, and this desire to litigate takes Job to a place of despair in chapter 10.
By Job 10, Job is using language like “I will leave (let loose, freely speak) my complaint”. He ask questions like, “It is good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou shouldest despise the work of thine hand…?” Job feels God is oppressing him for no reason, and it just isn’t fair.
In times of great trial, we can begin to act like Job. His emotions are on a roller coaster. He is confused, scared, frustrated, and even angry. His friends are only making the situation worse, and Job is feeling helpless. When life begins to crumble around us we can get weary in our soul, and begin to despair and want to give up.
We find ourselves asking questions like “why”. Not in a kind considerate way, but in a demanding harsh tone. We feel like we are crying out to God but there is no answer, only silence from the Heavens. We begin to wonder… “Does God just hate me? Does He even know what is going on in y life? Is He trying to figure out a way to help me, but can’t? I wish someone would deliver me, but only God can do that and He doesn’t seem interested.”
It is during these times of silence from God that we must steady our hands and hearts, and stay the course. Had Job understood all that God had done and was doing it would have given him purpose and resolve to press on. The blessing is that Job gets to find out by the end of the book.
You might not understand your trials, but God has a purpose for them. Even if you cannot see it now, and God seems to be silent on the matter, He has not lost control. It may seem unfair, but God is equitable and right in all His doings, trust Him.
Daily Scripture Reading
Job 8 - 10
“If I be wicked, woe unto me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up my head. I am full of confusion; therefore see thou mine affliction;”