It is so easy to shout out questions of “Why” when someone is taken from us so unexpectedly. But we are not alone in our questioning. In the book of Job, the word “why” appears 23 times. Of those 23 times, 18 of them are Job asking or shouting “Why?”
During times of great loss, it is easy to find ourselves sitting in the midst of the distress of the book of Job. Job is hit hard as he continually experiences loss and grief throughout his life. And it is during these times, that God sends Job’s friends to sit quietly with him. However, his friends are not so good at trusting in God’s promises for Job and for them.
The book of Job is filled with challenging questions and unexpected answers. Yet despite it all, Job remains faithful to God. In our own times of loss, are we willing and able to remain faithful when we are grieving? Wondering why our loved one was taken from us so unexpectedly?
Job teaches us that God hears our every cry and prayer. Job also teaches us that we are not alone. In community, our friends will speak for us when we cannot speak for ourselves. They will sing for us when we cannot sing for ourselves. They will pray for us when we cannot muster up the strength to pray for ourselves. Job reminds us again and again of the humanity of Jesus. Job is actually filled with the words that so many of us cry out in the midst of our own losses.
I will admit there have been many times in my life when I have cried out “Why” There have been many times I have found myself sitting and reflecting in the book of Job. There is something about the book of Job that brings us comfort in the midst of our loss and grief.
So, my friends, if you are still asking those questions of why, know that it is normal. But also take some time and sit in the book of Job. Reflect on how Job can be faithful despite all of his loss. Can you muster up the strength to remain faithful too? Because the truth is that God promises that God will never leave us or forsake us. However, sometimes it is hard to trust in that promise; it is hard to see Jesus standing right next to you in your grief. But he is there!
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