Sometimes you find yourself crying out to God and asking for answers when you’re hurting. Because that’s what we all want and need, right? We want to understand why we’re hurting, suffering, and in pain.
Recently I found myself in a similar situation, desperate for answers and asking “Why me?” After a time spent in prayer agonizing about what had happened and why, I decided to randomly put on a Nooma DVD that I hadn’t watched before. I had no idea what the content was or what it talked about. I was in for quite a surprise. I’ll give a brief summary of the video and post the link below. The video is incredible, and definitely worth the 10-12 minutes of your time it takes to watch.
The video deals with one of the oldest stories in the Bible about a man named Job. We know that Job was a good man, and incredible tragedy enters into his life. He loses his family, his wealth, and almost everything else you can imagine. We find him in very dire straits and someone even says to him, “Why are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die.”
After this there is a period where Job’s friends gather around and each of them takes turns questioning God and essentially giving their explanations for why this happened to Job.
And after this happens God speaks out of the whirlwind. He starts out saying, “Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge, brace yourself like a man, and I will question you…..where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!”
After this God goes on to ask Job several more brilliant and interesting questions in Job 38 and 39. When it comes time for Job to give an answer he says, “I spoke once, but I have no answer — twice, but I say no more (Job 40:5).”
This video/message really hit home for me and I realized that sometimes I need to speak once, and have no answer — twice, and say no more.
See below for the video: