Does God Push Us Away?

Read Job 30:19-22

Job said: “God has cast me out.”

God says: John 6:37  All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out

In Job 30:19, Job states that God has cast him into the mire. The statement insinuates that God has basically thrown him out into the mud. It gives the idea that Job has been pushed away and disregarded by the Lord. Here is one of those situations where we have to allow what God actually says about himself and his relationship with His children to override how we feel based on our current circumstances. I want to say that Job’s situation was horrific. This was a man that went from the top to the bottom in a matter of moments. It was a man that went from being respected to ridiculed within moments. Job’s life was definitely one of hardships, challenges, difficulty and agony. I also want to say that I am glad God does not give us a depiction of a man that looks so super spiritual that hardships never overwhelm the emotions and mental state. Job is a real man that truly does not understand what is happening to him.

God does not cast away. God is not in the business of getting rid of us. He is in the middle of drawing closer to us. God has promised that if we will draw near to Him then He will will draw nearer to us. Matter of fact, based on Psalm 40:2, God pulls us out of the mud rather than throws us into the mud. God’s love is far too great to cast us away. Difficulty in life can often times make us feel like God does not want us or has disregarded us. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Just because it feels like God has thrown us to the side does not mean it has actually happened. Some might argue and say “my life is just the pits right now”. It is very possible that what you are experiencing is worse than anything you could have ever imagined. However, that does not mean that God has cast you away. It could mean that He is actually using this to draw you closer.

If you read Job 30:19-22, you will find that Job is doing something, I wonder if he is even realizing what he is doing. He is talking to God. If he is talking to God then what he is saying about God is not aligning to what he even believes. If God had truly cast him out then there would be no reason to express to God how he was feeling about their current relationship. We have to come to a place where we allow reality to override our feelings and emotions. We have to trust what God is saying out of His word rather than what we are feeling in our emotions.