- Read Job 16
This chapter really helps us to know what Job is feeling in his pain. He tells his friends that they are miserable comforters (verse 2). He says of God in verses 9 and 12–14:
Job 16:9a He has torn me in his wrath and hated me; he has gnashed his teeth at me;
Job 16:12–14 I was at ease, and he broke me apart; he seized me by the neck and dashed me to pieces;he set me up as his target; his archers surround me. He slashes open my kidneys and does not spare; he pours out my gall on the ground. He breaks me with breach upon breach; he runs upon me like a warrior.
I have not felt this way in the midst of our sufferings as a family. I read these verses to Karie (my wife) and she said she has felt the way Job felt. Hard things. Knowing God is sovereign over everything in all of creation, including our suffering, is both comforting and painful at the same time. Being dashed to pieces by an all loving and sovereign God is much better than by a madman. God has good purpose in all he does, including throwing his most faithful servant Job against a rock.