Summary: Try to remember that no matter what Satan, the world, or this life throws at you, turn to the one who can see you through it all, and never give up on his promise to never leave or forsake you.
There is a saying that “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”. Job could have been the one who started that saying. He truly bore more grief and pain than we can imagine.
Vs 2: Even today is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.
Vs 3: Oh that I knew where I might find him! That I might come even to his seat!
Vs 4: I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.
Vs 8: Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:
Vs 9: On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:
Job felt like many of us do when the way gets rough. He felt that no matter how hard he tried to make contact with God, he failed to do so.
Even after going to his favorite place to pray, God wasn’t there. Many of us get that feeling too often I think. However, God does hear, he is listening, and we can reach him.
The pressures of life are ever increasing to the point that many people are turning to Drugs & Alcohol for relief. (That is when the real sorrow is begins.)
• Pressure in the home (Our cultural progress has caused many families to crumble and split apart, creating differences between Parents and children. Laws for equality have in some cases created a great void in the lives of husbands and wives. etc.)
• Pressure on the Job (Production speed that makes top quality impossible, the ever growing need for more pay, and overaggressive supervisors are the most common causes of pressure on the job.)
None of these are reasons to become slack in the church. In fact that is the very time when we need Jesus the most.
The best advice I can give is when all else has failed you, turn to Jesus!
It is amazing how smooth the rocky road gets when you invite God to walk it with you.
A mind and heart full of Christian love will put all those trivial worries back into the closet until you can deal with then one by one. God will help you!
The trials and heartache that Job experienced would make ours seem to be nothing at all.
His wife encouraged him to curse God and die!
His friends wanted him to admit that he had failed God, and had sinned, but he had not.
He had lost all that was dear to him (except his wife) and he still loved God.
Yet he maintained his integrity with God.
Vs 10: But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. (I hope we all can say that.) Remember this, Job did not have the gift of the Holy Spirit, and you do! So get on with it!