Two ways of interacting with God

“I cry out to you, God, but you do not answer; I stand up, but you merely look at me.” Job 30:20.

“I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me.” Psalm 120:1.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Job 30, Psalm 120, and Galatians 3-4.

Could these two verses by any more different?

Isn’t that the way it is with us, though?

How often do we not get an answer?  We have in mind what we want for an answer, but we don’t get it.

We create a picture of God in our heads that is faulty.

Job thought that his troubles were caused by an unfair God.  He wanted to go man-to-man with God.  That’s not happening.  God’s ways are not Job’s ways.  God has reasons that Job will never fathom for what goes on.  Job forgets this and lashes out at God.

The psalmist looks at things differently.  The psalmist knows that God hears him, and he knows that God will answer.  Note that the psalmist doesn’t have any predetermination of what the answer will be.  He doesn’t judge God by the answer that comes.

I must remember that God ALWAYS hears me.  I must remember that I will not ALWAYS like the answer I get.

If my confidence is in God, I will rejoice in His hearing me and rejoice that He knows what He’s doing with me.

“Lord, forgive me for doubting You.  Forgive me for ignoring You.  I need You in my life full-time.  Every breath I take is a gift from You.  May every word of mine be a word from You.  I love You, Father.”

God will hear me and He knows what best for me.

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