Why, Lord, do you stand far off?


In my daily Bible plan, I read, at the same time, Job 10 and Psalm 10. The difference between David and Job is striking.

Why, Lord, do you stand far off?
Why do you pay no attention during times of trouble?
Psalm 10.1 NET

Job, on the other hand, wanted the Lord to leave him alone: “Cease, then, and leave me alone, that I may find a little comfort” Job 10.20. (I understand these verses deal with two different contexts, as well.)

These reactions so far apart attest to human confusion before the work of God. In his work, suffering has a purpose. Today, in Christ, we understand better that God works so that all evil contributes to his eternal project.

We may still feel that God is far away, passive, or too close, oppressive. The truth is that God “wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” 1 Timothy 2.4 (another chapter in my reading today!). Everything he does focuses on this objective.

Lord, do with me as you wish, that I might be saved and everyone around me may know you.

Hold this thought: What I feel rarely reflects the reality of the situation.

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

4 thoughts on “Why, Lord, do you stand far off?

  1. Beautiful words. I, for one, am in the constant struggle not only to develop these truths in my heart, and trust in them, but to find adequate ways to express them, too. Well done (as usual, and thanks for still writing).

    1. Thanks, brother. The promise of God is so sure. I noted this morning that he said to Abram, “I gave this land to your descendents.” Hundreds of years away yet, but he put it in the past tense. For him, what’s decided is a done deal. That may not sound like it has to do with the meditation above, but you probably see the connection. We may trust him. He never fails. And I know you know that.

      I’ve written the Portuguese meditations more regularly. I don’t always make it to the translation. 🙂

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