Leave Me Alone God

Job 10:20 – Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little,

Job 10:21 – Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;

Job 10:22 – A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.

Genesis 4:16 – And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

Leave me alone God, that’s what Job said. Hello readers, new blog today, and back in Job. Job wanted God to just leave him alone so he could be done with this confusion and suffering and live a comfortable happy life before inevitable death that comes to us all. Of course, this statement is part of a much larger picture of Job’s trial and tribulation and the dialogue he had with his friends during it. Job wanted to be right with God, but he couldn’t make sense of what was going on his life. He thought God was being pretty unfair. He couldn’t work it all out, his friends had no clue… so he was pouring out his soul… and it’s recorded for us to learn from today. The Bible doesn’t shy away from anything.

So, using Job’s statement as a springboard, we want to consider the fact that many people want a life without God. They say as Job said… let me alone God. Job wanted God to leave him alone because Job felt God was targeting him, relentlessly pursuing him, and it didn’t make sense… and so as we all do, he just desired the path of least resistance. The (perceived) path of least resistance in life is a path well traveled by us all. And that is… God leave me alone. Is God more trouble than he’s worth for you? But he’s still God, you can’t get away can you? There’s nowhere you can go. But people sure do try.

The reality is that many people live this statement. People find it a lot easier, a lot more convenient, a lot more… comfortable (as Job wanted) without God. Indeed we remember the words of Jesus in John 3:19,20 – And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. See, this is ultimately why people don’t want God. God is too revealing, too challenging, too inconvenient, too UNcomfortable. It’s so much easier when there’s noone interrupting my self seeking sin loving life right. So much easier when there’s no voice of conscience, no rebuke of sin, no light being shone on my darkness.

Is it possible to just completely separate yourself from God? Maybe God will grant you your wish. But you don’t know what you’re in for. We have an example early on in the Bible of a man called Cain. Cain certainly tried the whole “leave me alone God”, he had a conversation with God regarding his sin… and then Bible says he departed from the presence of the Lord. There’s nothing like that conversation about your sin to make you depart from God right. Cain was happy for his life to go like that. He took his descendants with him too by the way, his posterity is defined by sin and wickedness. Maybe you’re the reason others will go to hell? But Cain preferred a life without God. And he built a city, and his descendants did this and that… but what was it all worth without God? What were all the achievements worth?

Maybe you think no God, then no trouble. That’s certainly right to some degree. Why would Satan set himself upon you when you’re already on his side singing his song and dancing to his tune? If you’re in the world and of the world… the world sure won’t be against you. And you’ll have a lot of buddies who think and do just and you do. Happy days. You may have heard the saying “more trouble than it’s worth”. Is God more trouble than he’s worth? Consider Moses. The Bible says of Moses that he chose to suffer affliction with the people of God rather than enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. Indeed in Herbews 11:26 – Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. Clearly Moses thought God was worth the trouble.

How can you be happy with a life apart from God? Did you know that that is a life separated from the purpose to which you were born? It’s a life separated from your Creator. It’s a life as dark as Job’s hopeless conclusion. But lots of people choose it. Why did Cain choose it? Because his deeds were evil the Bible says. That certainly sounds like what Jesus said in John 3 quoted above. Cain was of that wicked one. Are you a child of the devil reader? Do you want God to leave you alone because you love your sin? Is your sin that much to let go? A life without God is a life aimless and futile.  If life is in Christ, being apart from Christ can only be death. If light is in Christ, being apart from Christ can only be darkness. Job knew of the hopelessness of God leaving him alone.

Job didn’t want God to leave him alone because of sin in his life, but because whatever he did God was against him. Job certainly understood the value of being right with God. He had been right with God for so long, now suddenly this all happens and he’s looking for how, why and where it all went wrong. But we know from context he was longing to be right with God. He wanted a conversation with God. He really did think God was worth the trouble in life. This was a man who offered sacrifices for his kids just in case they had cursed God in their hearts. But God now was just so against him, and Job was just reasoning himself into a bad mindset. You know, when we get to thinking and rationalizing we can end up in very dark places. When we get to “poor me”, when we get to looking at others… we can start making statements like leave me alone God. How often we ruminate and ruminate, and the end is despair.

Job’s statement reflects where we as Christians can end up in our own understanding of God. It’s why our understanding of God truly needs to be framed by God’s word. So we’re not knocked off the wheel when stuff happens. It’s why our faith needs to be real, and built on something real, something incorruptible, something infallible. So when things don’t amend to our thinking, it doesn’t knock us out the ballpark. Life happens, and you’re bewildered with God’s choices in it. If God is sovereign, if he knows all, if he sees all… why is he letting this happen? Surely it’d be easier if he was out my life, I could order my life a whole lot better than God could… surely? And see, that’s why people want God to leave them alone, because we think we can do better than God. That’s at the heart of it all, man thinks he knows better. I could definitely make my life better than what God is doing with it right. Do you have a God that you can trust with the steering wheel to your life?

We as humans want a comfortable life. That’s what Job was seeking for in asking God to leave him alone. He wanted comfort, and had gotten to the headspace where comfort would be found in God leaving him alone. You know, the Holy Spirit is called the Comforter. So was Job ever going to find comfort in God leaving him alone? Really? And is comfort always best for us? Should we be comfortable in sin? Comfortable in going to hell? What is comfort for a years in comparison to an eternity in hell? Being left alone was never a solution to Job’s problem. And it’s not a solution to ours. Job really wanted to be right with God, that was the most important thing to him. He just didn’t see a way to fix his relationship with God. Whatever he did and said was earning God’s displeasure. You know, our thinking can be our worst enemy. His friend’s thinking was theirs, and his thinking was messing him up. You’re starting to get messed up in your life when you want God to leave you alone, if he is the source of comfort and you want to seek comfort by him being out your life. God is worth the trouble, but here was Job with a boatload of trouble… and he is a better man than we will ever be.

This world seeks comfort in a lot of places, but not in God. God’s too challenging, God’s too inconvenient, God’s too holy. Let me go it myself, I’ll take it from here. You know, wanting to be left alone comes from bad thought processes, from finding fault in God. This world finds fault in how God’s doing things and they think that justifies their life of not wanting this God in their life. Look at the imbalances of life. How can a good God do that… I don’t want anything to do with him. You know there’s no questions you ask that haven’t already been asked, go through Job and you’ll see as real and fundamental a questioning of God as anyone can come up with. From the most godly man on the planet at that time no less. There is no solution to life in God leaving you alone. In fact salvation is only possible because God didn’t leave us alone despite us wanting to be left alone. This world hated and rejected Jesus Christ, who came to save us from our sins, to extend a hand into our despair. Job experienced some tough suffering in his life, but that is just a picture of the ultimate injustice of what Jesus experienced, all because he so loved us, because he wants the eternal best for us. True comfort for all of us will be found not in God leaving us alone, but in the comfort of the Holy Spirit at the cross of Jesus Christ.

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Hi, my name is Joseph Zadow. I am a 30 y/o Bible Blogger. I was new to blogging once! God’s word is the best thing that we can be given, and once we have it and know it for ourselves it is both a privilege and responsibility to bring it to others! We are blessed to be a blessing! I am a sinner (for sure!) saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and I am a Lord Jesus Christ follower. He is faithful even though I rarely am to him. I believe the Bible is the word of God, and stake my life on it. My destination is heaven. As they say, I’m just a passin’ through this world… although most of the time it’s more like hangin’ by a thread in Jericho! I love playing sports – particularly cricket… I currently work on an orchard and a side hobby business of mine is growing vegetables etc – they are good for you! I love writing. Always happy to talk, so feel free to leave a comment. You can read more about me and my blog here – kjvbibletruth.com/about :)

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    • Hello Jackie, thanks for the comment. I prefer not to make my personal email available given the public nature of this forum as I hope you can understand (I do get quite a diverse range of comments and requests so sometimes its difficult on my end). At some point I do plan to add email functionality to my blog, but for now using the comments section is the primary means of communication with my readers. Thanks, Joseph.

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  1. Here is my question. I was raised that as a woman it is a sin to wear pants. Do I need to commit to never wearing pants before I get saved? Is wearing pants something I need to repent of?

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    • Hello Jackie, wearing pants or not wearing pants is not a salvation issue. Paul confronted an issue like this, just instead of wearing or not wearing pants, it was to be or not to be circumcised. You can read Galatians for what he said on that. But basically people had sneaked into the church teaching that unless they were circumcised, they weren’t saved. Paul delivered a stinging rebuke to all of this. We are saved by what Jesus Christ did on the cross… plus nothing. Whether you wear pants or not, if that is the difference between being saved or acceptable… then that means your salvation is all about you and what you do or don’t do. So why did God bother sending his Son? It means your works are making you more or less meritorous in the sight of God. It all detracts from person and work of Jesus Christ. That is not Biblical at all. Noone in history has been justified by law keeping, particularly if it isn’t even a Biblical law, but a law made by man.

      Wearing pants or not is yet another metric of man, like many other things in churches, which end up taking people right away from Jesus Christ, leading them into bondage, leading them into fleshly works, leading them into death. If you read Galatians, bondage is Ishmael, he was not the child of promise, he was not the heir. Believing God is what makes you righteous. Salvation is believing that God sent his Son to die on the cross for you, because you are a sinner. Yes, the Bible does teach modesty in dress… but that is between you and the Lord. That’s not a salvation issue, it’s just you determining how to live in the light of what God’s word says. I encourage you to read God’s word and see what God tells you about it, and let him tell you what you should and shouldn’t wear.

      The only thing that pleased God was his Son Jesus Christ. It wasn’t those who wore dresses that pleased God, because you can wear a dress and be as black as death inside. Don’t let anything take you away from Jesus Christ. You get right with him first, and he will set other things in order in your life because you love him, not because you have to or not because you’re trying to earn favour or brownie points or be better than someone else or anything. Don’t be taken into bondage. If you want to get saved, just ask Jesus to forgive you. I’ll assume just like with me and everyone else, there are a lot worse things in your heart and life than whether you wear pants or not. We all have sinned, and when you come to Jesus Christ believing, and grow as a Christian, the Holy Spirit will teach you what to do in accordance with his word.

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  2. Thank you, When I repent of my sins, do I need to repent of wearing pants and be willing to give that up? How do I repent to get saved?

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  3. Im sorry, what I am trying to ask is with salvation. When I repent of my sins, do I have to repent of wearing pants. What should be my attitude during repentance? Cause this has haunted me, because if I don’t repent of this, don’t we have to repent of all our sins?

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    • I can’t teach you how to repent Jackie. That’s the work of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said to repent and believe the gospel. What is the gospel? God sent his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in your place for your sins. We all need to take ownership of who Christ is and what he has done for us personally. Wearing pants or not… that’s not going to send you to hell. Who said it will? It’s not Bible at all. Is it sin? Has God shown you you’ve sinned with how you’ve dressed from his word? Sure, if you want to obey God in how you live don’t dress in men’s clothing and wear modest clothing. That’s not a salvation issue. The Holy Spirit will lead you to salvation, I cannot. It’s the Holy Spirit moving on the deep of our hearts which leads us to a repentance leading us to the cross of Jesus Christ.. If you want go through each sin you’ve ever committed individually that will take a while, it’s not about a checklist, it’s about seeing that you are a sinner by birth and nature. If you believe you have sinned in this area after reading God’s word and being convicted… then you can confess it to God along with all the rest of it. Just know that whether you do or don’t wear pants… that’s not the difference between you going to heaven and not. The difference between going to heaven and not is whether you believe on Jesus Christ in you heart.

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