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)


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