Job 40:3-5 (MSG) Job answered: “I’m speechless, in awe—words fail me. I should never have opened my mouth! I’ve talked too much, way too much. I’m ready to shut up and listen.”
Have you ever been at a loss for words? Needed to pray in a tough situation and couldn’t find the words? Can words explain the depth of your love for your spouse, parent, child or sibling? Or can they begin to describe the intensity of grief at the loss of one of these same people?
No, many times words sometime fall short. Consider Job, arguably the most profound story of human suffering ever told. This righteous man loses material possessions, servants, children, health, and ultimately, the support of friends. Have you ever experienced some critical losses in your life? Initially, suffering silences him. But Job grows agitated and seeks answers to his growing anguish. God answers Job, yet not at all in the manner Job expected.
God doesn’t explain himself nor does he explain to Job why he’s in this situation. In fact, he counters Job’s “why” questions with “who” answers. God shows up, and Job’s questions suddenly seem out of order. In humility and awe, Job says, I will put my hand over my mouth in silence. I have said too much already. I have nothing more to say.” (Job 40: 4-5). What problem has been weighing heavily upon you? I suggest you write it down, put your pen away, close your eyes, bow your head, and be still in God’s presence.
Let God know you trust him regardless of your limited perspective. Like Job, our “why” questions often mask deeper questions, yes questions that require “who” answers. Many of us feel why is never the right question to ask God? But I believe God can handle our why questions the concern is many times we can’t handle the Lord’s answers. God is God, and the Lord has answers for our questions. Let his presence give you peace that transcends your ability to articulate it with words. I suggesting today no matter what is going in your life, the Lord is simply enough people of God!
Point to ponder- Can you handle when God says no to your question you wanted a Yes for an answer? As you mature in God often we get answers that’s best for us not what we want!
In His Love,
Pastor James Baker, Jr.