why is light given to him who is in misery?

“Why is light given to him who is in misery, and life to the bitter in soul, who long for death, but it comes not, and dig for it more than for hidden treasures, who rejoice exceedingly and are glad when they find the grave?” Job 3:20-22 (ESV)

Job’s pain is so palpable, his misery so melancholic, it hurts just to read this passage.

His loss, his anguish, his sorrow, his torment.

As humans we often dwell on our suffering; throwing curses at God and at Life and at family & friends.

Questioning why?

Why me? Why now? Why this?

Finding a path through suffering is an incredibly hard task when we have no answers.

Full of frustration and anger our emotions threaten to overwhelm us. And our impotence to fix the situation can lead us into despair.

Where there is no rest, no peace.

Our torture continues, only numbed by endless tears and a voice made hoarse by our stream of invectives.

Yet God is sovereign. He is in control. Total control.

And whilst we may not understand the why of our suffering. We can accept God’s care for us.

“It is for discipline that you have to endure.” (Hebrews 12:7)

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

These are reassuring words during times of turmoil.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with lamenting.

Jesus did it in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:36) and again on the cross (Psalm 22).

Yet He displayed His complete trust in God. Showing obedience even unto death (Philippians 2:8).

A lamentation is a heart-felt testimony to the world that evil does not belong.


prayer : thank you God that you listen to our laments and care for us as your children

action : don’t be afraid to lament, learning from the example of Jesus