Job Replies: My Complaint Is Bitter
Then Job answered: ‘Today also my complaint is bitter; his hand is heavy despite my groaning. O that I knew where I might find him, that I might come even to his dwelling! I would lay my case before him, and fill my mouth with arguments. I would learn what he would answer me, and understand what he would say to me. Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? No; but he would give heed to me. There an upright person could reason with him, and I should be acquitted for ever by my judge.
‘If I go forward, he is not there; or backward, I cannot perceive him; on the left he hides, and I cannot behold him; I turn to the right, but I cannot see him.
Reflection by Duke Yaguchi
Here scripture is stating that if we go before God with our reasons to enter heaven, God will reason with us. But God is difficult to find and so heaven becomes an uncertainty.
It is a paradox that God is everywhere, yet, I question sometimes, where is God? When the earthquake and tsunami hit Indonesia last week, a large group of school children were killed at a Bible camp. Where art thou God?
When I first read this scripture I couldn't understand it all. But with that news as the backdrop, it makes a lot of sense.
Job's faith was wavering because he was dealing with a lot of loss in his life. I'm thankful that even when my faith wavers, God's love is always offered to me.
Dear God. Forgive me that I question your existence. Forgive me that I question your love. Help me to continue to learn of your power and grace and push through my struggles and find content in You. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.