40 days of Sorrow, a walk with Job
March 14, 2019, 6:08 AM

Lent 2019 Day 8, Job chapter 10


In Job chapter 10, Job finally hits rock bottom. Job knows the pain of losing loved ones. Job knows the physical pain sickness. But now that pain has reached the very core of who Job is. Job will turn his attention to God. Verses 1-2, “My soul loathes my life; I will give free course to my complaint, I will speak in the bitterness of my soul. I will say to God, ‘Do not condemn me; Show me why You contend with me."

Job does not shake his fist at God and curse him. Job asks the question that everybody seems to ask during times of uncertainty, "WHY?" Job wants to know why he has to go through the stuff he is going through. Why did God even let him be born? 

When the pain reaches our very soul, then we can genuinely have a conversation with God. All material possessions are gone so this conversation is not about provision. Physical health has deteriorated, so the conversation is not about healing. This conversation is about God's will. 

It reminds me of another conversation that will take place many years later. Jesus just had the Last Supper with his disciples. They went to a garden so that they could pray. The prayers that night would not be about possessions or even physical healing. The prayers of that night were much deeper. Mark 14:34 Jesus says to his disciples, "“My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch.”" Jesus would have loved if his friends could stay and pray with him, but that night the conversation was just between him and the Father. 

Jesus was telling the Father that he did not want to suffer. Three times he would return to find his friends sleeping. It seemed like he was talking to the Father, but no answer, Luke 22:44, "And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground." Jesus prayer that night ended with these words, "not what I will, but what You will.

Job is not there yet, but the conversation has now started. 

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