"Leave me alone."
Job 7:16 I loathe my life; I would not live forever.
Leave me alone, for my days are a breath.
17 ¶ What is man, that you make so much of him,
and that you set your heart on him,
18 visit him every morning
and test him every moment?
19 How long will you not look away from me,
nor leave me alone till I swallow my spit?
Job has lost everything. His livelihood, his children, his health, his reputation, his standing in the community. And he just wants to be left alone.
Why won't You leave me alone, You watcher of men?
Give me a chance to catch my breath, to swallow my spit.
Have you ever felt like that? Has your world crashed in on you and tested you, stretching you to your limits? Have you felt that God has abandoned you, or treated you unfairly? Do you wonder why He ordained the trials and tribulations you are experiencing?
How do you react?
Do you want to be left alone?
You really don't.
You would be lost and undone without God. To Whom would you go? He's the One who has the words of eternal life. He's the One who has the power to heal, to redeem, to restore, to bind up the brokenhearted.
It may be some day that you think you want to be left alone. You may even cry it aloud, like Job.
But after you do, after you've lamented and mourned and sobbed and spent all of your tears, do the only logical thing.
Turn your heart towards God.
21 ¶ But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
22 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
25 The LORD is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
26 It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the LORD.
27 It is good for a man that he bear
the yoke in his youth.
28 Let him sit alone in silence
when it is laid on him;
29 let him put his mouth in the dust—
there may yet be hope;
30 let him give his cheek to the one who strikes,
and let him be filled with insults.
31 For the Lord will not
cast off forever,
32 but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion
according to the abundance of his steadfast love;