We all have graves that we place ourselves in. It could be a lack of confidence, emotions like anger, or even something as simple as self-pity. When we place ourselves in these graves we are 9/10 upset and we don't look towards ourselves but we immediately want to blame someone. It has to be someone's fault as to why we are there. Many times we blame people and sometimes we even blame God.
Let’s be honest. Job is pretty bold. He begins to question God and basically challenging him saying he did nothing wrong. As much as we don’t want to admit, we do this too. We get upset with God and we think that we have control or power in the situation. This is what keeps us in the grave. We mope around and continue to wonder why certain things happen in our lives.
It’s only after constant arguing with his friends and God that he gives in to God’s plan.
"I am unworthy—how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth. I spoke once, but I have no answer—twice I will say no more” Job 40:4-5 (NIV)
Getting out of the grave means following Job through all the motions up until Job 40 and Job 42. This is the Job that we need to get to in order to escape the grave. We can only fight God for so long until we lose. The more we fight, the longer we stay in the grave and it will keep us complacent. We will never be able to trust God if we continue to stay in this grave. We have to do two things: stop talking and submit ourselves to God’s promises.
1. Stop talking
We tend to talk a lot when things go wrong. We talk out of frustration. Mary and Martha did when their brother Lazarus died, and Jesus didn’t come to them on time. It took Jesus four days to come and heal Lazarus and Martha is furious when she first sees him
“Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here my brother would not have died” John 11:21 (NIV)
God was not there when she needed him the most. But sometimes he won’t be there so that he can allow you to choose are you going to complain, or are you going to trust in him that he can get you out of the grave? While Martha was upset, the rest of her words are even more important. She trusted Jesus to heal her brother because she knew Jesus and she knew what he was capable of.
“But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” John 11:22 (NIV)
This is the important part. Yes, we can be angry, and God wants us to talk to him no matter how we feel, but we must still trust that God can and will continue to work with us and turn things around for our good. He will get us out of our grave, but we have to stop talking and allow him to work. The more we talk, the more we continue to sit in our graves of anger or anxiety. Martha didn’t continue to chew his ear off with words of anger and malice. She stopped and she allowed Jesus to work because she knew what he was capable of.
2. Submit yourself to God
It takes Job 42 chapters to finally get to a place where he feels like he can submit himself to God. This man has talked and talked and talked. In my Bible, the book of Job is a good 23 pages. The comforting thing to know about Job is that he doesn’t make this transition out of his own grave overtime. It takes him pages and pages of trying to trust, losing that trust, getting advice, and being angry at God to get to this point. So, if you feel like you are behind in any way, trust me you’re not. If anything, you’re just like Job and you’re human. You’re not going to be perfect and you are going to have moments when you feel upset or you feel completely angry with God.
When Job finally gets to this point, he learns that God is not human therefore, he can do everything. We cannot! We should be grateful that we can’t do everything because it means we wouldn’t need God in our lives. Being strong doesn’t just mean doing everything on our own or trying to figure everything out, it’s admitting that we need help and submitting everything we have and everything we are to God like Job does. When we can do this, we can escape the grave.
“I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted” Job 42:2 (NIV)