“The LORD said to Satan, ‘Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man who fears God and turns away from evil.’ … In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrongdoing. … In all this Job did not sin with his lips.” (Job 1:8 & 2:3, 1:22, 2:10c) “Job said: … Why is light given to one in misery, and life to the bitter in soul, who long for death, but it does not come, and dig for it more than hidden treasures; and who rejoice exceedingly, and are glad when they find the grave? Why is light given to one who cannot see the way, whom God has fenced in?” Job 3:2b, 20-23
Job is conflicted, he is struggling with life on earth. Job, a man, recognized by God as blameless and upright, one who loves God and turns to God instead of evil even in times of distress, loss of family, property and health. Job hurts deeply, he asks several faith rattling questions; who wouldn’t after their personal lives are turned upside down? He asks, “Why is light given?” My devotional response: How else is anyone to find joy in living if the light of God isn’t shined upon them? How else can we see the way of God if there is no light from God? God sheds His light (love) on those in misery and those who feel fenced in so that they are able to see, so that they choose light, not darkness, so that the immediate way is revealed. Yes, trouble comes, darkness prevails when the sun goes down but light comes in the morning! Will we watch for the light in the midst of the dark? Will we search for the light of God, the love of God as expectantly as we believe in ourselves? It is precisely because we are not at ease and cannot rest that God shines light upon us. Individually and corporately, God lights our path so we may rest in Him. O God, when I struggle, and I do struggle, help me to look for and move to and follow the light you provide.