Lent Devotional: Job 6-7

by Jonathan Haefs

Job 6-7 (click here)
Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. (Job 7:11)

Reflection
Despair. It has crept into Job’s soul and now spews out his mouth. God is the sole source of his hope, but it seems as though God himself is set against him. He has nowhere left to go. What is a believer to do when despair comes?

We are still to go to the only source of hope we have…God. We take our anguish, our complaints, our bitterness to the Lord. We do not keep everything shut up inside our hearts and wear a happy face like all is ok. No.  Bottled up bitterness is like a stomach full of glass…it will cut you to pieces and kill you from the inside out.

Even though Job feels like God is opposing him, he still goes to God. As a believer, he (and we) has nowhere else to go.  And Job doesn’t hold back, he lets go everything that is in his heart. This doesn’t mean that everything he says or does is right! All too often we mistake it being ok to express our feelings before God as an actual affirmation that our feelings are correct. That is not the case.

As Job will find out, anytime we are angry with God, we are in the wrong…for God never does anything wrong. Yet, it is ok to express what we are feeling to the Lord. He will walk us, as he does with Job, through the situation in his time and his way. He will affirm the feelings that should be affirmed and lead us to repent of those for which repentance is needed.

Don’t sit in the darkness of despair alone…for you are not alone. Cry out to God. Take everything in your heart before him. Hold nothing back. He is the only one who can turn our night to day. He is our only hope.

*The complete SVCC Lenten reading guide is available here.

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