“…Shew me wherefore thou contendest with me.” Job 10:2b
One of the most riveting stories in all of the Bible is the story of a man by the name of Job, a man who was upright, who feared God, and departed from evil, yet faced the reality of losing nearly everything in his life? How can this be? The Bible reveals a scene in Heaven where Satan was given permission by God to attack Job. In the midst of Job losing his children, his animals, his health, and having a wife that encouraged him to curse God, the Bible says that Job did not sin with his lips.
Job 2:10 (KJV)
10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.
In addition, Job’s view of God in the midst of insurmountable trouble was to bless his name, and in fact his knowledge and appreciation of God grew.
Job 1:21 (KJV)
21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
Job 42:5 (KJV)
5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
After Job’s trial, and the fact that God restored to Job double of what he had before, Job had heard of God, but now Job had seen God in action in the affairs of His life.
What was the key to Job keeping a right view of God amidst all the trouble in his life? He had a heart that was humble, teachable, and submissive.
Job 10:1-2 (KJV)
1 My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
2 I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou contendest with me.
Though Job was weary and worn out, he remained teachable. It is evident by the question asked, “Shew me wherefore thou contendest with me.” Job was willing to submit to what God wanted to change in his life.
God contended with Jacob in the Old Testament, and Jacob came out a broken and a changed man. Often times, trouble in our lives is God’s way of contending or wrestling with us to bring us to a point of surrender and humility.
Misery in a life often drives one’s eyes to look up to God. Are you facing a weariness of life, an overwhelming amount of trouble? Could it be that God is contending with you?
That is He wants you to see that His Son died for you and that you can be saved and be a child of God?
Could it be He is contending with you to return back to God after forsaking Him for your own way?
Could it be that He is bringing the dross to the top in the fire and He wants to mold your character to be more like Christ.
A proper response to your overwhelming trouble, and your weariness of life is to fall to your knees, and humble yourself and with a submissive and teachable heart where you can say as Job said, “Shew me wherefore (why) thou contendest with me.”