Clearly, Job is angry. He’s had enough. He’s pondered enough. He’s listened to his friends enough. And he’s sick and tired of all of it. This, my friends, is Job’s valley. His pit. His darkest day, yet his most enlightening. I was drawn to verse 5: “If only you could be silent! That’s the wisest thing you could do.” But was it? What if Job’s friends had remained silent? What if they’d never spoken what was on their hearts? In this chapter, Job is coming to some conclusions that will not only change the course of his life but will influence millions of others for generations to come. And none of this could have come about without Job being forced to contemplate the accusations of his fellow mortals. They, in all their doubting and questioning, were part of the plan. See what I’m saying? Job had nothing. He was gross, too, like covered in boils and all kinds of yuck. His kids were gone. His home was gone. His life as he had known it was gone. But he had three friends … he thought. But even those guys turned out to be nothing to cling to in Job’s time of destitution. And that was the point. What was left? Or rather WHO was left? That’s the better question. And Job had two choices – no one or God. In the last section of this chapter, we see Job’s choice come into fruition, and his approach to the Almighty One is something we all should be excited to learn about in coming days. Stay tuned for the best life hack you’ll ever receive!
Writing prompt: no one or God
Have you ever been in a situation where you had utterly no one? I can think of a few times in my life when I felt like I had no one. Write about a time you felt alone and how you handled it.