For three days, Psalm 77 will be one of the daily readings. This is a powerful Psalm noted for the depth of the author’s complaint. It is a reminder that Scripture, especially many of the Psalms, invites us to pour out to God whatever anguish and suffering is in our heart.
The selection from Job, on the other hand, is a reminder that humans don’t always react to the anguish and suffering of others with a similar invitation or understanding. Like the Psalmist, Job has poured out his heart in complaint, but his friend Eliphaz is losing patience with him. Eliphaz has found it more important to defend his own understanding of God’s relation to suffering and sin than to hear Job’s pain.
It is helpful to contrast this with the call to a new life of trust and faithfulness that is heard in the reading from Ephesians. “We are God’s accomplishment, created in Christ Jesus to do good things,” is a memorable note of both challenge, and comfort.