Honest to God

honest2godJob was nothing if not honest to God.

He was actually audacious in is blunt soliloquies before The Lord.

That is part of what his friends reacted to with their pious spoutings. They were so used to performing and preening before God that they considered Job’s raw complaints as blasphemous.

But God did not. It is really interesting that Job is the oldest of the Older Testament books…the first. It was as if God were laying down a template for our relationship to Him: be Honest to God.

God would far rather deal with our honest explosions and unvarnished questions than hear our bloated expressions of fake faith.

Job does not doubt God and does not lose hope. Instead he is unrivaled in his honest reflections of the deep human question: why?

Job wants to hang on to his faith in God as it is–all neat, tidy and predictable. But God wants to expand his faith and let Job know Him in new ways and deeper dimensions–ways that did not fit into Job’s pre-packaged expectations.

Problem is: pain is the only way to stretch the soul to encompass more of God.

Our dogmatic conclusions about God build a box around our experience of Him–we only know as much of Him as we can understand and explain. But when God privileges us with pain and stretches us with sorrow we experience, know and appreciate parts of Him others do not grasp.

That is why Job’s friends thought him a fool: He was being exposed to a side of God about which they had no clue.

Excavation of the soul is the only path to depth of spirit.

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