“I loathe my life; I will give free utterance to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul” (Job 10.1 ESV).
Job has literally lost everything but his life. His children have all died. His livelihood has been completely destroyed. His health has been seriously afflicted. The respect of his friends has been compromised. And his wife has walked out on him. Life could not possibly get any worse, and Job begins to wrestle with God. Much like a snake sheds its old skin, there is a shedding process that Job must endure. God is bringing Job to a greater awareness of Him by stripping Job of everything he holds dear. Job complains in every way, but he never once curses God. He doesn’t understand God’s ways and he struggles to gain wisdom, but the purest form of faith roots Job to his God. Finally, Job breaks through his previous awareness of God and receives a deeper and more intense revelation of God’s presence. And on the other side of the major struggle, God has laid out a redemptive path that multiplies everything Job had lost. God desires to uncover the deep layers of His revelation in our lives. He is not content to allow our understanding of Him to become stagnant. Seasons of stripping are opportunities to forge a more intimate relationship with God. When we wrestle through the difficult moments with Him and find our strength in His presence, we gain a deeper awareness of God’s character and receive a clearer understanding of His love for us.
“I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you” (Job 42.5 ESV).