Job 38.1–11 (Psalm 104.1–9, 24, 35c)
I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you… Job 42.5
Two weeks ago, we encountered Job whose whole world collapsed on one day. Not only did he lose his 7000 sheep, 3000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 donkeys, and his servants; he also lost his seven sons and three daughters. And then he lost his health.
We saw that suffering is not a problem that can be solved, but that it may become an invitation to trust in God more and more. We also saw that there is no real answer to the question ‘Why me?’
Then last week, we saw that suffering can lead to lament; and that the question ‘Why me?’ is itself a lament. We also saw that lament is very common in the scriptures. 58 out of 150 psalms are laments. That’s over a third.
And we saw that lament in the Bible has a simple shape:
- We cry out to God in our distress;
- We remember God’s goodness and mercy;
- We hope in God once more; or at least, we hope to hope in God again.
Today, Job has done lamenting. He finally gets an audience with God.