God, Where are you?


Reflection Questions

1. Look at the first 2 chapters of Job briefly to understand what has happened to Job. Looking at this tenth chapter, how is that suffering affecting him?

2. How would you describe Job's perspective on God in this chapter? How does his suffering affect his approach to God?

3. One important thing to note in this chapter is that Job isn't afraid to give a voice to his suffering. How does Job's vocal response to his suffering compare with how you normally handle suffering? 

4. How did your family of origin talk about (or not talk about) suffering?

5. How can you apply Job's response to his suffering in your life right now?


6. The sermon suggests that the answer to Job's wrestling is God becoming Job's substitute in suffering in the person of Jesus Christ. Look at Isaiah 53 for a predicted description of the suffering of Jesus. How does this compare with what Job experienced?

7. How can the experience of Jesus in suffering be a help to you right now? What would you want Him to show you about Himself this week?

Job 10

 “I loathe my life;
I will give free utterance to my complaint;
    I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
I will say to God, Do not condemn me;
    let me know why you contend against me.
Does it seem good to you to oppress,
    to despise the work of your hands
    and favor the designs of the wicked?
Have you eyes of flesh?
    Do you see as man sees?
Are your days as the days of man,
    or your years as a man's years,
that you seek out my iniquity
    and search for my sin,
although you know that I am not guilty,
    and there is none to deliver out of your hand?
Your hands fashioned and made me,
    and now you have destroyed me altogether.
Remember that you have made me like clay;
    and will you return me to the dust?
10 Did you not pour me out like milk
    and curdle me like cheese?
11 You clothed me with skin and flesh,
    and knit me together with bones and sinews.
12 You have granted me life and steadfast love,
    and your care has preserved my spirit.
13 Yet these things you hid in your heart;
    I know that this was your purpose.
14 If I sin, you watch me
    and do not acquit me of my iniquity.
15 If I am guilty, woe to me!
    If I am in the right, I cannot lift up my head,
for I am filled with disgrace
    and look on my affliction.
16 And were my head lifted up, you would hunt me like a lion
    and again work wonders against me.
17 You renew your witnesses against me
    and increase your vexation toward me;
    you bring fresh troops against me.

18 “Why did you bring me out from the womb?
    Would that I had died before any eye had seen me
19 and were as though I had not been,
    carried from the womb to the grave.
20 Are not my days few?
    Then cease, and leave me alone, that I may find a little cheer
21 before I go—and I shall not return—
    to the land of darkness and deep shadow,
22 the land of gloom like thick darkness,
    like deep shadow without any order,
    where light is as thick darkness.”


FOOTNOTES

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.