Eat, sleep, work, leisure — “Is that all there is?” we ask. Or is there lasting meaning and purpose? And, if so, by whose arrangement? If so, under whose direction? If so, who is my Lord? Where do I find my Lord and my God? Where do I find my redemption?
The experience of a person caught up in a seemingly unrewarding search for the Lord is a profound religious experience because it takes one directly to the heart of the matter: the purposefulness and the worthwhileness of life itself.
For example, the author of the Old Testament book of Job reveals himself as an intensely religious person who is struggling mightily with a crisis of faith. He has lost contact with the God he longed to see. As he reflects more and more on the human condition, the God of justice and mercy he once knew seems more and more hidden from view. In his anguish he cries out:
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