Then Job answered: “Today also my complaint is bitter; his hand is heavy despite my groaning. Oh, that I knew where I might find him, that I might come even to his dwelling! I would lay my case before him, and fill my mouth with arguments. I would learn what he would answer me, and understand what he would say to me. Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? No; but he would give heed to me. There an upright person could reason with him, and I should be acquitted forever by my judge.
“If I go forward, he is not there; or backward, I cannot perceive him; on the left, he hides, and I cannot behold him; I turn to the right, but I cannot see him.
Reflect and Pray:
Job is talking to his friends who have scolded him and tried to give him neat and clear answers. He lays his soul bare – we see the depth of his grief and pain. He has looked for God and God cannot be found.
What would our lives be like if we could have an open and honest prayer life such as Job had? Even in the midst of great pain, loss, despair and hopeless, Job is completely honest with God. This week’s readings have made it a point about the opportunity we have to be open and honest with God, regardless.
How truly open are you and I with God in our life of prayer?