Unboxing God – Feeling Like Job
After Eliphaz, one of the suffering Job’s critical “comforters,” has lectured him to stop quarreling with God and clean up his life (Job chapter 22), Job makes his rebuttal (chapter 23).
He puts into words the frustration that you—and a host of other believers—have felt at one time or another in seeking to relate to the Almighty. But it’s a frustration that avoids despair by hanging on to faith.
Interact with God’s Word
- What does Job feel about the “sentence” he’s been served (v. 2)?
- What qualities of his divine Judge does he remain confident about (vv. 6-7)?
- What frustrates Job about God’s immaterial nature (vv. 3, 8-9)?
- But does God have any trouble locating him (v. 10)?
- Have you felt God to be elusive when you’ve attempted contact?
- What does Job feel about communicating with God (vv.3-5)?
- How can you listen for God’s voice and understand what it’s conveying to you?
Spend Time in Prayer: Ask God to overwhelm you with His greatness. And ask Him to make His spirit—presence as real to you as the flesh-and-blood world you touch and hear.
1Then Job spoke again:
2 “My complaint today is still a bitter one, and I try hard not to groan aloud.
3 If only I knew where to find God, I would go to his throne and talk with him there.
4 I would lay out my case and present my arguments.
5 Then I would listen to his reply and understand what he says to me.
6 Would he merely argue with me in his greatness? No, he would give me a fair hearing.
7 Fair and honest people can reason with him, so I would be acquitted by my Judge.
8 “I go east, but he is not there. I go west, but I cannot find him.
9 I do not see him in the north, for he is hidden. I turn to the south, but I cannot find him.
10 But he knows where I am going. And when he has tested me like gold in a fire, he will pronounce me innocent.