Arms Up, Not Crossed

God is not aloof. He says continually through the centuries, “I’ll help you, I really will. When you’re ready to throw up your hands, throw them up to Me.~Jim Cymbala


If you are reading through the Old Testament books of poetry for the second time this year, you are at the point where Job is in need of help, and he knows it. But his combative relationship with his miserable comforters disguised as friends has affected him. The tit-for-tat has put him on edge, and it’s tinged his relationship with God.  At this point, Job wants a hearing, a chance to explain himself. Worse than that, he wants God to explain himself.


Job 23:1–5 (ESV) – Then Job answered and said: “Today also my complaint is bitter; my hand is heavy on account of my groaning. Oh, that I knew where I might find him, that I might come even to his seat! I would lay my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments. I would know what he would answer me and understand what he would say to me.” 


I understand Job’s angst.  There have been times that I wanted to explain myself to God and to hear his explanation for why things were going the way they were going. But you can’t sit across a table from God with your arms crossed and get the comfort that God only offers to those who humble themselves before him and reach toward him with their arms up.  


So, please throw your arms up to God.  This is precisely what faith demands.  He may not give you the answers you so desperately want from him right now; you might not be able to handle them yet.  But he will embrace you and reassure you of his promises and his ability to keep them. He really will help you get through your trails. He will help you all the way to heaven.