Job Complains to God

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Frustration

In this chapter we find Job approaching God from four different ways:

  1. He challenged God (vv. 1-7) - Since he could not find someone to represent him, he decides to become his own defense attorney. He decides to vent his complaint, even if it kills him.
  2. He reminds God (vv. 8-12) - He reminds God that He has made him with his own hands.  He has molded him, so why would He so soon discard him to the dust from which he was made.
  3. He blames God (vv. 13-17) - It seems that Job thought God had this affliction in mind all along and was stalking him like a lion ready to pounce on him. He felt that his innocence meant nothing to God, since He was against him, no matter what.
  4. He requests God (vv. 18-22) - He tells God that he wishes he could die. However, since he is not dead, he asks God if He could please give him a few moments of joy before he does die. This speech, like some others of Job’s ended on a doleful note about death. It would be final and gloomy.
In frustration, Job jumped to the false conclusion that God was out to get him. Wrong assumptions lead to wrong conclusions. We dare not take our limited experiences and jump to conclusions about life in general. If you find yourself doubting God, remember that you don’t have all the facts. God wants only the very best for your life. Many people endure great pain, but ultimately they find some  greater good comes from it. When you are struggling, don’t assume the worst.

Application

In frustration, Job jumped to the false conclusion that God was out to get him. When I face afflictions and pain that are beyond my control, I should never feel that God is out to get me. I need to remember that life’s trials, whether allowed by God or sent by God, are with my best interest in mind.

Job 10:1-22 (English Standard Version)

"I loathe my life; I will give free utterance to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul. I will say to God, Do not condemn me; let me know why you contend against me. Does it seem good to you to oppress, to despise the work of your hands and favor the designs of the wicked? Have you eyes of flesh? Do you see as man sees? Are your days as the days of man, or your years as a man's years, that you seek out my iniquity and search for my sin, although you know that I am not guilty, and there is none to deliver out of your hand? Your hands fashioned and made me, and now you have destroyed me altogether. Remember that you have made me like clay; and will you return me to the dust? Did you not pour me out like milk and curdle me like cheese? You clothed me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews. You have granted me life and steadfast love, and your care has preserved my spirit. Yet these things you hid in your heart; I know that this was your purpose. If I sin, you watch me and do not acquit me of my iniquity. If I am guilty, woe to me! If I am in the right, I cannot lift up my head, for I am filled with disgrace and look on my affliction. And were my head lifted up, you would hunt me like a lion and again work wonders against me. You renew your witnesses against me and increase your vexation toward me; you bring fresh troops against me. "Why did you bring me out from the womb? Would that I had died before any eye had seen me and were as though I had not been, carried from the womb to the grave. Are not my days few? Then cease, and leave me alone, that I may find a little cheer before I go--and I shall not return-- to the land of darkness and deep shadow, the land of gloom like thick darkness, like deep shadow without any order, where light is as thick darkness."

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