“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? Job did. His relatives and closest friends turned away from him (Job 19:13-20). Disaster came upon his life. Rather than having compassion for Job, he was accused of living a life of sin. He was looked down upon as if his life was worthless even though he was a righteous man. His offenses were circumstantial. Yet everyone looked at the outer appearance rather than the heart. We never really know what someone is experiencing until we have walked a mile in their shoes.
The Bible does not always give us pictures of beautiful and perfect stories. It reveals real people with real problems. It unfolds for us the entire human experience in the spiritual life. It paints many scenes of those who love God with all their heart yet fail miserably. It puts on an open display of human frailty. Of men and women experiencing genuine doubt and fear. In the Bible’s genuineness and truth, we find comfort for our soul.
Do you find that you are misunderstood at times? Does it leave you feeling worthless in the eyes of the world? There is One who will never turn His back on you (Hebrews 13:5). There is One who understands how you feel. He knows what it is like to be abandoned (Isaiah 53:3). Jesus is the One who willingly left His rightful place to attend to you and me. And since He came to us voluntarily, we must run to Him freely. Jesus has walked in our shoes. He understands, and He still loves us.
“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