I like that this thought:
“I cry out, ‘Help!’ but no one answers me. I protest, but there is no justice. God has blocked my way so I cannot move. He has plunged my path into darkness.” (19:7)
Can be in the same stream of consciousness as this thought:
“But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last.” (19:25)
Our time in Job is dragging on and on; it feels like we’ll never be finished with this book. But could someone really pen a short, concise book on how human suffering correlates with God? Doubtful.
The sentences from above, separated by only a couple paragraphs, are a true reflection of a life with God. Someone can, in one breath, claim that the Lord has submerged their life into darkness, only to proclaim he’s the only one who can provide the light to redeem it.
The book of Job shows us that pain and anger towards God can coexist with our faith in him. It has to, right? If you have a relationship with God and don’t have some unanswered questions about his sovereignty over human suffering, you’re not paying attention.
Don’t be afraid for there to be question marks in your faith and don’t let it motivate you to avoid prayer, reading his Word or obeying his voice.
In a few chapters, God will have an answer for Job (and from what I remember, it just leads to more questions).