Wrestling With God

Wrestling with God
June 22, 2019

I have struggled a lot recently with my physical limitations. Seven years ago I woke up one morning and could not walk. A year later I could walk very short distances. I often think about my life prior to this mysterious physical condition. I could walk normal, run, jump, and be physically active. I have been wrestling a lot with the story of Job. He loses his children, his livestock, his reputation, and suddenly has health problems. In his long discussion with his friends, Job remembers the good days when he was well respected in the community and the many good things he did. We see four reactions we can have to life difficulties and it is illustrated by different people from the narrative:

1. Job’s friends
They take the approach of blame and specifically they say that good people deserve good things, and since Job is in his situation, he must have done something wrong. They take the approach of blame.

2. Job’s wife
She tells Job to curse God and this is the approach of giving up. This is giving up on our faith and giving up on life. She is not very helpful in this situation and neither is Job’s friends.

3. Job
Job reflects on a lot of things over his long discussion with his friends. He wrestles with God and he wants to talk to God but God is silent for much of the narrative. God shows up late in the book and questions Job on many things related to nature. These questions show the majesty and the sovereignty of God. Job is not able to answer any of the questions, and at the end of the talk, Job responds:
I had only heard about you before,
but now I have seen you with my own eyes.

I take back everything I said,
and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.” (Job 42:5-6)

Job takes back everything he has said, all his questions and all the things he does not understand. He encounters God in a real way to experience God’s amazing presence and authority. Sometimes there are things we do not understand, and in these moments, we need to recognize God is incredibly big. The narrative of Job ends well and God restores to him double including his children and wealth. There is a good outcome for Job, and we know the end of the story, as for us, when we are in the middle, we do not know how long until things turn around for the best.

Father in Heaven, sometimes we encounter things that are not easy in life and that causes us to remember the good old days when things were so much better. I struggle walking each day and I remember seven years ago when I could walk normal, run and jump. Some days are really discouraging. I pray that for each of us, we would have the strength and faith in You to push through the discouragement and doubts, and wait on You to provide the breakthrough and restoration in our lives. I trust that You are absolutely sovereign and good.

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