“I also could speak as you do, if your soul were in my soul’s place. I could heap up words against you, and shake my head at you…” – Job 16:4
Have you ever felt misunderstood and abandoned by everyone? Job did. Job’s closest friends and even his relatives have turned from him (see Job 19:13-20). They looked at him as a lowlife because they thought God turned His back on him. They accused Job of living a life of sin and looked down on him even though Job was a good and righteous man.
Circumstances made it appear that Job was ungodly and they were looking at the outward appearance and not the inward person and heart. And then Job tells them, “hey, don’t point your finger at me and judge me until you have walked in my shoes! You don’t know what I am going through or the torture my soul is experiencing!” Have you ever felt like that before?
The Bible does not always give us pictures of the beautiful and perfect stories. It is not always “sunshine and rainbows”. The Bible also shows us real people with real feelings and real problems. The kind of problems and internal struggles we face today. It gives us pictures of the “unlovely” and unwanted. It gives us pictures of those who love God with all their heart yet fail miserably. It shows us men and women of God who are going through pain and trials in their lives and they experience real doubt and fear. The Bible is real and it is genuine and the truths in it give us comfort.
What about you today? Are you going through a dark time in your life; a time that seems like there is no hope for your soul? Do you feel like nobody understands the emptiness, loneliness, and darkness in your soul? Maybe friends and family even look down on you sometimes, like your life means less than theirs?
Are you a Christ follower and feeling lonely and abandoned? Maybe you are a good godly person like Job and circumstances have caused doubts and fears. And even though you know you are a believer, others think you are “in sin” because of the circumstances of your life. Maybe other Christians look at you in disgust and think of you as weak. They are looking at the external and not the grieving soul internally. They may even turn their backs on you.
There is One who will never turn His back on you (Hebrews 13:5). There is One who understands how you feel and what it is like to be abandoned by all (Isaiah 53:3). He is the One who willingly got down from his thrown and came to you. What other so-called god or king has done that? None but Jesus!
He came to you willingly, and if you want rest for your soul, you must now come to Him willingly. While others point fingers at you, Jesus simply calls to you, holds you and says, “I understand and I love you.”
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” – Matthew 11:28-29