Then Job answered and said: . . . “I am not inferior to you. But I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to argue my case with God.” (13:2-3)
When our daughter turned two, we moved her from her crib. Suddenly aware of her new freedom, she refused to stay in bed. Foreseeing hours of negotiation every bedtime, we resorted to “sleep training.” We put her in bed, explained that she must go to sleep, and we would not see her until morning. We closed the door, and I sat outside, holding the knob. Our daughter came to the door, and discovering she could not come out, commenced wailing. At a certain point she cried, “Mom? Dad? Anyone?”
Well into his ordeal, Job cries out. His friends have offered no consolation. God seems distant and out of reach. More than anything Job wants to know that God is listening. Job wants an audience with the Almighty.
Our times of distress are made immeasurably more difficult by the fear that God’s silence means God’s absence. We want to know God is listening. The author of Hebrews offers this reassurance: “We have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God . . . Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:14-16). Jesus is our guarantee of God’s constant attention—and deepest affection. —Ben Van Arragon
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for the promise that you always listen and always love me.