I cry to thee and thou dost not answer me
Job 30:20 “I cry to thee and thou dost not answer me; I stand, and thou dost not heed me.Thou hast turned cruel to me…“
This might be the most depressing chapter in the whole book.
Job chapter 29 through 31 are Job’s final statement to God, just as chapter 27 was his final statement to his three friends.
Here in the first fifteen verses he is describing how men mock at him; we read that even the younger generation laughs at Job in his sickness.
Job employed these unskilled young laborers and followed proper labor practices and treated his servants better than what was customary in those days.
And in verses 20-26, he describes it as the worst thing of all for him to bear, the silence of God.
When we are suffering we may find ourselves asking, “Where is God, when I am hurting so much?
One of my friends told me about her experience after her dear one’s death: *“Nearly every morning, for months, I screamed questions at God. I asked, ‘What were you thinking?’ And, ‘Is this your best for me?’ And finally, ‘Do you really expect me to show up every Sunday and tell everyone how great you are?’
When we suffer, our emotions and our minds are simply overwhelmed with our struggles.
So we naturally think and feel things like,…..
…………… “I am hurting so much but I don’t feel God’s presence.” ……..
…………. “I feel He has deserted me because He doesn’t seem to answer my cry for help.”………..
We need to understand that from a psychological and physical standpoint, when we hurt, our mind doesn’t think very clearly, because our mind is mentally trying to handle the pain.
When we are suffering, our anxiety and depression are at the highest and so, we can’t realize that God is with us.
At that point of time we need to be alone in a quiet place and try to listen to our inner soul.
When we become silent God will speak to our soul, and he has answers to every question.
The psalmist tells us,.. In Psalm 46:10,
Be still, and know.
“Be still, and know that I am God.”
If we want to hear the heart of God, silence is key. If we want the Spirit of God to fill us, be still.
*Let’s pray like Job, …
*Lord, I want to hear Your whispers louder than the noise of the world surrounding me.” ……….
Jooley Mathew Z