Men cry out against the heavens
For reading & meditation: Job 5:1-16
“Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward.” (v.7)
We now focus on yet another aspect of our theme – The Corn of Wheat Afraid to Die. Slowly we are coming to grips with one of the greatest truths of Scripture, namely that life comes through the giving of life, and fruitfulness through falling into the ground and dying. When we remain by ourselves, using only human resources, our lives will turn out to be shallow and fruitless. Refusing to pay the ultimate price of giving ourselves, we find ourselves paying the price of the deadness of life itself. Another area of life from which we often cry out to be exempted, but one which, if we are willing to give ourselves, yields great spiritual fruitfulness, is the area of unmerited suffering. Our text for today reminds us that “man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward”, and there are few of us who have not had cause to lament the truth of those words. A more modern observer of the human condition puts it thus: My son, the world is dark with griefs and graves So dark that men cry out against the heavens. I suppose there is nothing that makes people “cry out against the heavens” so much as the anguish that comes through unmerited suffering. Horace Walpole said: “To those who think, life is comedy; to those who feel, life is tragedy.” There are few of us who do not “feel” – so is life a tragedy to most? God did not deliver His Son from suffering – He did something better. And it is along this line of the “something better” that we will find the answer to unmerited suffering.
O God my Father, I must find the key to this issue of unmerited suffering. For the doors of life and fruitful service will be closed to me unless I know how to open them and walk through to victory. Help me to find that key. In Jesus’ Name. Amen
For further study:
1. What did the psalmist do in trouble?
2. What was his testimony?