Monday, March 14, 2005

They cry out, but God's not listening: Job 35:9-14

"Because of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; they cry for help because of the arm of the mighty. But no one says, 'Where is God my Maker, Who gives songs in the night, Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?' There they cry out, but He does not answer because of the pride of evil men. Surely God will not listen to an empty cry, nor will the Almighty regard it." (Job 35:9-13)
Oppression and affliction are all around. There are many people who are suffering and who are crying out for help. They cry out for help and relief from their suffering, but to many of them, God is not listening. Even in our own suffering, it is possible to cry a cry that goes unnoticed by God. We cry out, "Help me, I'm hurting!" and "Why is this happening to me?" and "I don't deserve this!" yet God just stands by. Why is it that people can cry out and God not answer them? Because, in truth, they're not crying out to Him. All too often, we are more interested in relief than we are in Him. God wants us to come to Him and, often times, will even send suffering to drive us to Him. We can whine, cry, and complain all day long, but what God's waiting for is for us to humble ourselves and come to Him. And when we finally do make our way back to Him, we will find in Him all we have need of. Elihu says that it is our pride that keeps us away from God. Let us elect to lay down our pride, humble ourselves, and seek the Lord. For, as the scripture says, "In Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever." (Psalms 16:11)

David Robison

1 comment:

  1. Thank God we are never left alone by Jesus to find Him! He never leaves or forsakes us, Hebrews 13:5, and He now leads us in the paths of righteousness, Psalm 23:3. God has now placed His Spirit within us to cause us to walk in His statutes and to keep His judgments, Ezekiel 36:27

    Through the strength of the anointing of God we can now rejoice in all things because greater is He that is within us than he that is in the world! The Prophets of old rejoiced at the fact that they were allowed to just testify of what we now have and enjoy through Christ. They could cry out and not be heard, but we now are joined and united with God through Jesus our Lord and Savior. We are now members of His body, flesh of His flesh, and bone of His bone, Ephesians 5:30. We now have Jesus ever living to intercede for us so that we might be saved to the uttermost and we now have the Holy Spirit making intercessions for us with groanings that cannot even be uttered. We may whine but God is now right here with us leading us and guiding us into His glory and perfection. He is pruning out the unfruitful branches and He has placed the responsibility on Himself to insure that we grow into what He has called us to be! God is our Gardener, Jesus is our Shepherd, and because they are, our journey into Truth is never a solo journey of discovery, we are lead there by God Himself! Thank God He never leaves us or forsakes us!

    Be blessed and God’s will be done!