Read Job 10
Focus on verses 4-5
There is a certain sense of security that accompanies the feeling that I comprehend the world around me. I admit that I find it disconcerting when the world around me does not make sense to me. It is entirely human to desire a certain amount of control, or at least the illusion of some measure of control of our life. Few things are as frightening as uncertainty. It is also true that this uncertainty that frightens us injects a level of adventure and excitement into our lives, and the level at which we tip over from excitement to terror is as different as each of us are from one another.
In this chapter, Job is expressing his acknowledgment that God has pushed him past his comfort level in this regard. He is recognizing that though there are some similarities, God is altogether different that man, and these recent events have placed Job in a position where he does not understand what God is up to. Is God angry? Has He abandoned Job? Why is this happening? Will it stop?
There is a very clear acknowledgment of God’s sovereignty in the situation. What confuses Job is the “why” questions.
While these “why” times that we sometimes endure in life can often be excruciatingly difficult, they are also the times that we eventually look back upon as the times during which we became stronger. There is perhaps a grain of truth in the adage; “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Unfortunately, in the midst of some of these experiences some people choose to opt out. Job’s wife actually encouraged Job to do just that when she said to him “curse God and die”. Fortunately Job was strong enough to recognize that as bad advice.
When we find ourselves in the midst of incomprehensible situations, it is perhaps helpful to do as Job did and acknowledge to ourselves and to God that “I just don’t get it! Help me understand what You want me to learn from this.” I have at times taken just that approach and though God has not always given me a full explanation, He has helped me to endure through the trial so that it can make me stronger rather than kill me.