Last time we looked at Job’s cry to his friends for relief–or at least for understanding as to why he sought his relief (from his suffering condition) from God (7.1-6). Having “no luck” with his friends, Job turns now to God for understanding and for mercy. Read Job’s prayer in one sitting. It’s shocking, isn’t it? We don’t often hear prayers like that. We certainly don’t often pray prayers like that. But, actually, there are many prayers like the in the Scriptures. Just look up the psalms of lament. Read Jeremiah’s prayer in 20.7. These are the prayers of sufferers, prayers from the ash heap, prayers forged in the fires of pain, loss, grief, and despair. Two elements ring true in every prayer of a sufferer: 1) the honesty of the one praying, and 2) the sincerity of the One listening. I hope to come back to Job’s prayer for a few nuggets of wisdom, but for this week it’s important we take it in as a whole so we can feel the full force of Job’s pain as a sufferer and get the full sense of God’s grace towards sufferers.
I pray this outline will help you prepare to sit profitably under the ministry of God’s Word. Please pray for God’s blessing on this message and consider inviting a fellow-sufferer to join you in God’s house this Lord’s Day.
In Christ’s love,