Today’s Tasting: Job 21-23
Job found himself alone—everything he owned and every family member gone. He complained to friends around him, “it’s not you I’m complaining to—it’s God…is it any wonder I’m getting fed up with his silence?” His friends answered his complaints and challenged his thought processes, “But who are we to tell God how to run his affairs…He’s dealing with matters that are way over our heads.”
Job answered and countered that he wanted someone to hear him and he had questions that needed answers, but God seemed silent.
Job’s friend counters again and offers the challenge to change your thinking, repent for anything you might have done and wait for the promise. “Are any of us strong enough to give God a hand, or smart enough to give him advice…You agree, don’t you, that God is in charge? He runs the universe—just look at the stars…Give in to God, come to terms with him and everything will turn out just fine. Let him tell you what to do; take his words to heart. Come back to God Almighty and he’ll rebuild your life…You’ll take delight in God, the Mighty One, and look to him joyfully, boldly. You’ll pray to him and he’ll listen; he’ll help you do what you’ve promised. You’ll decide what you want and it will happen; your life will be bathed in light.”
Today’s Nourishment: Is God with you even when you do not hear him? When He seems silent, God is still with you. Immanuel, “God is with us.”
Sometimes silence hurts. Silence becomes palpable and seemingly surrounds us, but we hear nothing. During these times, we may enter into a pity party or in a complaining mode, which is where we find Job in this passage. Job faced a time when it seemed as though God remained silent. He lost everything and wanted to enter a season of pity and grievous complaint.
How often have we bemoaned our situation, complained to all who would listen, and refused to enter into our own silence to hear God? We will face dark times, we will appear to lose. We will definitely be tested. Everyone, no exclusions, experience seasons of life similar to Job’s seasons. We will be tried and tested. Those who surround us may question our walk with Christ or our level of commitment to the things of God. We may even feel as if we are alone, but this is a siren call for us to draw near to God. He will then, draw near to us. Does silence hurt? It’s possible, but not necessary. Preparing yourself by staying in the Word and maintaining communication with our Heavenly Father in prayer is important and necessary.
How will you handle the silence? How will you remain encouraged even through your trials in 2015?
Sonyita S. Conner-Clemmons