I cry to you, O God, but you don’t answer. I stand before you, but you don’t even look. You have become cruel toward me. You use your power to persecute me. You throw me into the whirlwind and destroy me in the storm. (Job 30:20-22 NLT)
Relate: I’m pretty sure there is nothing in the world more discouraging and depressing than to feel God has turned away from you. This is where Job found himself. His life was in shambles, and there was no help from God. He was crying out to him, but but there was no reply. Life felt as though there was no hope because the turmoil was too great. Not only did he feel that God was refusing to answer him, but he felt God was trying to destroy him. For some, this is exactly how they feel, and others are so blessed, they can’t begin to fathom the feeling.
React: God is too large to fathom. He is too complex to understand. We cannot grasp why some are blessed beyond measure and some suffer again and again. One thing we do know is God’s plans are better than our plans. He is sovereign, and we are not. One phrase has stood out to me again and again as I read through the Bible this year: “unfailing love.” It is found in today’s reading of Psalm 42. The psalmist is heartbroken and distressed. Yet, he encourages himself by remembering God’s “unfailing love.” All throughout scripture, God’s love is described as unfailing no matter what circumstances are described. Although it may feel as though you are abandoned, you are not. Although it may feel God is trying to destroy you, he is not. He is loving you.
Job cried out to God and cried out to God and cried out to God…. and then God revealed his presence to Job. Job’s response was a complete retraction of his complaints. He did not question his experiences or why God didn’t show up earlier. He was simply in awe of God- no explanation necessary. My prayer for those feeling as Job did in chapter 30 to experience the God who is currently loving them with an unfailing love.
Dear God, it can be so hard to understand why we experience the things we do in life. Sometimes we feel lost and alone, and we struggle to feel you close to us. I pray that you would reveal your unfailing love to us today. Thank you for never giving up on us and loving us with an unstoppable love. Amen.