When God is Silent…

Read: Job 29-31
Marked: Job 30:20, I cry out to You, but You do not answer me; I stand up, and You regard me.

In his suffering Job felt alone and as if God had forsaken him. In chapter 29 he recalls the days he served God, “When the friendly counsel of God was over my tent (29:4)”, when he was respected and life was good.

But it all changed in a heartbeat and he doesn’t know why. Where is God? Now he is being mocked by those who once respected him.

Their taunting song. Their byword. He is afflicted physically, “My bones are pierced, my gnawing pains take no rest”. He is afflicted spiritually, “He has cast me into the mire, like dust and ashes. You have become cruel to me. With your hand you oppose me”.

I may not always understand the cause of my suffering. I may even blame God. But it is at times like that that I would do well to remember what Job said in chapter 2:10, “Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?”