Job 10:1 (Job speaks out) “I loathe my life; I will give free utterance to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul. 2 I will say to God, Do not condemn me; let me know why you contend against me. 3 Does it seem good to you to oppress, to despise the work of your hands and favor the schemes of the wicked?”
We’re told Job is a righteous man who is put to an extreme test of his faithfulness to God. The first chapters of the book tell of Job’s great wealth and blessing as a result of his faithfulness to God. Satan challenges God to allow Job’s blessings to be taken from him – expecting Job will turn from God once this happens. God agrees.
So, in a manner that is almost uncomprehensible, Job loses everything. EVERYTHING. He loses his family, his home, his possessions, even his own health. At this point in the story, Job is complaining to his friends who’ve come to be with him in a tough time.
And Job is complaining about God the Father.
3 “Does it seem good to you (O God) to oppress, to despise the work of your hands and favor the schemes of the wicked?”
His incredible suffering is, to Job, unjust. Read the rest of chapter 10 and read the words of a man who is mad at God. No, let me say that differently. Job is PISSED OFF at God! What’s happened is just plain WRONG and God the Father is to blame!
Somewhere along the way many of us were taught that we’re not supposed to get angry at God. God is always right, always good, so getting angry at God must be a sin of some kind. I’m grateful that some of the greatest people in biblical history, people like Job, didn’t see it that way. In their view, God was not someone far, far away in the distance. God was someone with whom they were intimately connected.
And when we’re intimately connected with someone, even with God, things will get testy.
I wonder, do you find yourself angry at God this morning? Going through some rough stuff that must have some divine culpability? Take heart dear sister/brother. The God of the bible is glad to hear your complaints, as he did for just about every major biblical character there is. Don’t be afraid to reveal your heart to the Father, who loves you enough to listen to the honest truth of how you feel.
Heavenly Father, give us grace to share our hearts with you this morning. Thank you that, when there is something we need to get off our chest, you’re glad to listen. Amen.