Now you have destroyed me altogether.

How can a man be in the right before God? If one wished to contend with him, one could not answer him once in a thousand times. (9:2-3) God will not turn back his anger; beneath him bowed the helpers of Rahab. How then can I answer him, choosing my words with him? Though I am in the right, I cannot answer him; I must appeal for mercy to my accuser. (9:13-15) Does it seem good to you to oppress, to despise the work of your hands and favor the designs of the wicked? (10:3) Your hands fashioned and made me, and now you have destroyed me altogether. (10:8)

Job's long (two chapter) response to Bildad is hardly a response to him at all. With heartfelt indignation Job seems to take his angst to God himself. His words embody the idea that God is angry with him and the boils he suffers is an open accusation against him. Job seems to be venting an intense anger towards God because he believes that he has been judged unfairly by him. One cannot help but feel for this hurting man. I wish that I could not relate to feeling this way.

Once denial ebbs a grieving person begins to feel again and the reality of their loss is brought to bear all over again. Intense emotions are surfaced and questions arise from the deepest part of you. A person like Job, who God previously declared blameless, can be filled with rage if they believe that suffering is a judgment from heaven. In a sense their bad theology creates toxicity in their soul because they believe that they have been divinely judged without cause.

Help us all Lord to understand that we do not suffer at your hands and are not judged by you with hardship.

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