The word is vexation, a state of being frustrated, annoyed or worried. Job went through a period of vexation. He pleaded for understanding of his friends’ reprimand as to what he had done to render such devastation in his life. Of course we know from the scripture that Job was innocent, guilty only of serving God. I believe Job had every right to plead his case. However, fear of God (Job 28:28) does not mean that we should be afraid to question God concerning the trials and tribulations in our lives. Wisdom is it’s own teacher. There will be many times that we are frustrated, annoyed or worried about a negative situation of which we are unaware as to why we are being challenged with this experience. Let us pray that seeking God will be our first and only recourse. Of course seeking wisdom about the situation will require that we believe God is present and at work even when what we see is to the contrary and all we are able to do is praise a truly just and loving God as we wait it out. All the while we know that redemption, reconciliation and healing is God’s blessed assurance.
Job 4:6 Is not your fear of God your confidence and the integrity of your ways your hope?
Proverbs 14:26 In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and one’s children will have a refuge.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
I had the most distressing conversation with my son the other day. It was all that I could do to keep from pulling what little hair I have left, right out of the roots in my head. I immediately prayed to God asking what must I do. I’ve done my best to teach, guide and support him in every possible way. Why doesn’t he get it? In my frustration I sat quietly and proceeded to get through the rest of my day. Later that evening he calls back to tell me that he has calmed down and understands what he needs to do. Early the next morning as I reflected on the experience almost immediately I heard the Lord say “The same questions you asked me concerning your son, are the same questions I ask concerning you?” Completely convicted! Unless everyone else in the world is perfect, I suspect that he asks those same questions of a lot of us. The frustrations we have with others (children, parents, co-workers etc.) may in fact be the same frustrations God has with us. What sounds like a plea before God may in fact be a complaint! Through supplication (humble prayer), let God’s word do the work in us and trust that through thanksgiving he is working it out in our loved ones (and co-workers etc.) also. We have to watch that we don’t put our selves in place of God especially when we remember we didn’t always listen. Perhaps some of the following phrases sound familiar and a little too close to home (LOL):
Exodus 32:9 Then the LORD said, “I have seen how stubborn and rebellious these people are.”
Exodus 33:3 “Go up to the land flowing with milk and honey. But I will not go with you, because you are a stiff-necked people and I might destroy you on the way.”
Numbers 14:11 The LORD said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them?”
Acts 7:51 “You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit!”