Job responds to Bildad by asking him by what right does he judge Job. Zophar then returns to his original argument asking why Job does not just ask for forgiveness. Zophar tells Job that the wicked always come to ruin. Job then asks Zophar why Zophar is unwilling to let Job complain to God. Job’s final response to Zophar is “how can you comfort me? All your explanations are wrong.”
In the last year there was a big to do about some of Mother Theresa’s personal writings. It appears that there were long periods in her life when she doubted God and felt removed from his presence. Many people looked on these seasons of doubt as a negative. How could Mother Theresa doubt?
The truth is that all of us will experience dark periods when we feel removed from the presence of God. St John of the Cross called these times “the dark night of the soul.” When we experience our dark nights it is okay to tell God that you feel far away. It is okay to tell God that you are frustrated and angry. It is okay to feel separated from God. The dark night of the soul is a time to test our faith and help us grow.