I have been listening to the book of Job in The Message translation of the Bible. It is really interesting to hear conversations in modern language, it makes me take pause.
So many people are afraid to really talk to God. They think they must have perfect grammar, King James version speech, and get it all cleaned up to talk to Him. I think the book of Job is proof that God can handle whatever we say to Him. I think if He would be offended at the candor, it would not have been included in His Holy Scripture. Yes, He talks back and lets Job know he is wrong, but He lets Job and all friends do a lot of talking before God responds.
I admit sometimes I look at things from a social workers point of view that were not meant to be. All I can say, is Job needed a social worker; if you look at some of the things said, certainly a referral would have been sent my way. Listening to it in the Message version convinces me of this even more.
“Why does God bother giving light to the miserable, why bother keeping bitter people alive, Those who want in the worst way to die, and can’t, who can’t imagine anything better than death, Who count the day of their death and burial the happiest day of their life? What’s the point of life when it doesn’t make sense, when God blocks all the roads to meaning?
Job 3:20-23 MSG
Human life is a struggle, isn’t it? It’s a life sentence to hard labor. Like field hands longing for quitting time and working stiffs with nothing to hope for but payday, I’m given a life that meanders and goes nowhere— months of aimlessness, nights of misery! I go to bed and think, ‘How long till I can get up?’ I toss and turn as the night drags on—and I’m fed up! I’m covered with maggots and scabs. My skin gets scaly and hard, then oozes with pus. My days come and go swifter than the click of knitting needles, and then the yarn runs out—an unfinished life! Job 7:1-6 MSG
It is so real and honest. I can see someone going on this rant. I can see those who care about them expressing concern for this line of thinking, and bringing them to see me. Then I can see the speaker sitting remorseful for feeling this way, let alone voicing it.
The reality is, many of us have those thoughts and feelings. The book of Job is proof that God wanted us to understand that it was okay. It is what we do with those thoughts and feelings that matters. And again, Job is great examples of how to handle these emotions.
But for as long as I draw breath, and for as long as God breathes life into me, I refuse to say one word that isn’t true. I refuse to confess to any charge that’s false. There is no way I’ll ever agree to your accusations. I’ll not deny my integrity even if it costs me my life. I’m holding fast to my integrity and not loosening my grip— and, believe me, I’ll never regret it. Job 27:1-6 MSG
I can sit and stew on something for a long time, and reality is, it will turn a anthill into Mt Everest when I do. Or I can voice my frustrations to a few trusted friends, or better yet God and move forward. God gave us emotions. God knows what we are thinking and feeling, and God can handle it. We can voice it to Him, without proper grammar, without KGV language, just as we are in conversation to Him. God can handle it!