Cross Examination

On Sunday, July 24th, Vikki shared with us the story of Job. The story is quite long and explains his deep suffering, his comfort from friends, and his questions to God. One of the key moments is that Job, who is prepared to question and challenge God, is instead cross-examined by the Creator.

So many times throughout my life, I have been lost, demanding answers from God, feeling rejected, overwhelmed, and unable to work through my suffering. But, as with Job, God is not far, and may even be demanding a chance to cross-examine me.

A common definition of cross-examination is “to question (someone) aggressively or in great detail.” It is often considered a highly valuable and indispensable part of a legal trial. It offers the significant benefit of aiding in eliciting the truth.

If we consider how we might benefit, if God were to cross-examine us:

  • Sometimes, cross-examination helps us to better substantiate our own understanding or our own case.
  • Sometimes, cross-examination helps us to discover a secondary point-of-view that we had not considered before.
  • Sometimes, it may be used to uncover additional information about the situation that was not visible if we are in an anxious state.
  • Sometimes, it may be used to reveal a deeper truth – maybe even offering a chance for introspection.

It is so important to remember that God did not bring about the suffering, but that he wants me to consider how I might learn from it and rely steadfast in my faithfulness.

Psalm 26:2-3 "Put me on trial, Lord, and cross examine me. Test my motives and my heart; for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness."

Sarah Thompson

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