It’s almost impossible for most of us to imagine the anguish that Job experienced, simply because most of us have not gone through what Job went through. Yet from the trough of what must have felt like a tidal wave of incomprehension and grief, Job did not cry out to God for a reversal of his great loss.
Oh, that I knew where I might find him, that I might come even to his seat!
Job lost his health, his wealth, and all ten of his children. Had it been you . . . do you think you might have cried out to God for a return of your precious children from the grave? Or perhaps a restoration of your wealth? At the very least, to be returned to good health? Surely these thoughts were swirling through his fragmented mind. But in his deepest moment of despair, his first cry was that he might find God—not that God might fix it. Spurgeon writes this about Job’s nearly inconceivable plea:
A hypocrite, when afflicted by God, resents the infliction, and, like a slave, would run from the Master who has scourged him; but not so the true heir of heaven, he kisses the hand which smote him, and seeks shelter from the rod in the bosom of the God who frowned upon him. Job’s desire to commune with God was intensified by the failure of all other sources of consolation. The patriarch turned away from his sorry friends, and looked up to the celestial throne, just as a traveler turns from his empty skin bottle, and betakes himself with all speed to the well.
Job knew that nothing in this world could mend his broken heart and ease his troubled mind like the presence of God, the Fount of his every blessing. Job sought after the only consolation in both life and death; in doing so, he left us with the key that calms every storm. God’s presence is the only place where we can truly find comfort in times of challenge . . . certainty in times of change . . . consolation in times of confusion.
Only God can meet us in our place of deepest need. Friends, especially friends like the ones Job had, simply will not do. Even our family relationships will fail us. Job’s wife was so devastated by their losses that she added insult to injury in telling her husband to curse God and die. Yet Job promptly rebuked her folly, saying “Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” (Job 2:10). Only God can keep us going when the going gets so tough we don’t believe we can take even one more step.
So . . . what was your cry the last time you were in the middle of a storm? Was it “FIX IT!” which is so common to most of us, or was it “FIND HIM!”—which only comes through a deep understanding of the Gospel? Scripture assures us that God cares for us in seasons of plenty and want, sunshine and rain. Our Lord’s promise is utterly unambiguous: “I will never desert you; nor will I ever forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5 NASB).
Think for a moment about the scandalous message of the Gospel. God loved us so much that He died in our place that we might live with H. Next time you find yourself in the middle of some struggle or storm, focus on the Gospel, so that your heart’s cry to God will not be “FIX IT!” but rather “FIND HIM!”
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!