Are You Trusting God?
Job 13:1 ¶ “Look, my eye has seen all this,
my ear has heard and understood it.
Job 13:2 What you know, I also know;
I am not inferior to you.
Job 13:3 But I would speak to the Almighty,
and I desire to argue my case with God.
Job 13:4 As for you, you whitewash with lies;
all of you are worthless physicians.
Job's friends had been giving him all kinds of advice but now, he was tired of hearing what they had to say. He knew all the human answers to his problems as much as his friends did, and in that moment he realized that his comfort did not come from what humans knowledge, but in what God knows. Job needed to trust in God and he recognized that speaking directly to God about his problems was the best way to go. Why discuss the issues with people around us -- why not trust in God! His friends? They tried to cover up the truth with lies and there was no healing in their responses. Only God is the true healer, the great physician and to know him, is to know Truth.
Here we are, another day of hanging out with Job and his on-going conversation with friends. When we are in distress, where do we go? Is our very first response to go to friends and talk to them about everything that's going on? Why is that? Could it be because we want our "friends" to tell us what we want to hear? They will usually respond with "whitewashed lies." Why is that? Because they want us to like them and so they tell us what we think we want from them. They honestly believe that they are responding in love by telling us what they think will make us feel better. The only problem with that is that their responses don't bring about healing, they only allow the wound to fester. The result, our friends become worthless physicians for the infection continues and there is no healing in comments that only make us feel better.
It is in the midst of this discussion that Job cries out, "I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to argue my case with God." It's time to stop talking to all your friends, and have a serious conversation with God. At the crux of this is whether we trust in God or not. If we are walking with God and are in a relationship with him, then we should be able to trust him to tell us the truth. God's truth will set us free and bring healing. God's truth may be painful for a little while as we fully grasp what he is saying to us, but he is much more trustworthy than those who will try to tickle our ears with lies.
Where is your trust today? I'd rather take my chances with God any day -- how about you?
Lord, thank you that we can trust in you. Amen.