“I loathe my very life; therefore I will give free rein to my complaint and speak out in the bitterness of my soul.” Job 10:1 (NIV)
Job was a man of faith, a strong believer. But his faith had been stretched to the limits. He believed in God, but he struggled with God, so he poured out his questions and his complaints.
Job wasn’t the only believer to complain like this. Some of the Psalms express similar questions and complaints to God. Check out Psalm 10, 13, 55, 64, 69, 77, 102, and 142. All these Psalms express the struggle of a believer in great pain. They are the words of the godly in distress.
Psalm 64 begins with these words: “Hear me, O God, as I voice my complaint!” But it ends with, “The righteous will rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in him. All the upright in heart will glory in him.” David is a man of faith who loves God, but he has a complaint.
That’s what we find in the book of Job, and God tells us that Job did not say anything wrong when he complained. Most believers will come, at some point in their life, to a place where they have more questions than answers, and they have a complaint that they would like to make to God. They love the Lord, and their faith has been stretched to the limit.
Most Christians have been there. No Christian wants to stay there. It’s like a marriage in which there is unresolved tension. Most couples have been there, but nobody wants to stay there.
Have you been to this place with God? Are you there right now?