Job 3: Job Speaks

Job has had a rough go of it. Lost everything, save his life. Struck with an ailment that left him in agony. Friends showed up and think he is basically a goner. He has held his tongue against God and has endured through the suffering. Now he speaks.

Job 3:1-10 After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. (2) And Job said: (3) “Let the day perish on which I was born, and the night that said, ‘A man is conceived.’ (4) Let that day be darkness! May God above not seek it, nor light shine upon it. (5) Let gloom and deep darkness claim it. Let clouds dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it. (6) That night–let thick darkness seize it! Let it not rejoice among the days of the year; let it not come into the number of the months. (7) Behold, let that night be barren; let no joyful cry enter it. (8) Let those curse it who curse the day, who are ready to rouse up Leviathan. (9) Let the stars of its dawn be dark; let it hope for light, but have none, nor see the eyelids of the morning, (10) because it did not shut the doors of my mother’s womb, nor hide trouble from my eyes.

Job starts out cursing the day of his birth. Satan has been denied his victory as Job did not give into the torment and curse God. How horrible he must have been feeling though to curse the day. How many years of happiness did he experience under the sight of God, but with his recent tragedies Job is so willing to give those all up in order to escape this pain. Is this the way we see pain and suffering? Our whole focus is brought to bare on the trial we are going through. Everything that occurs before in our life is cast aside. How wise it seems to create altars / reminders in our life of the good that God has done before. With no hope, we can no look forward to the fact that God is still with us.

Job 3:11-19 “Why did I not die at birth, come out from the womb and expire? (12) Why did the knees receive me? Or why the breasts, that I should nurse? (13) For then I would have lain down and been quiet; I would have slept; then I would have been at rest, (14) with kings and counselors of the earth who rebuilt ruins for themselves, (15) or with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver. (16) Or why was I not as a hidden stillborn child, as infants who never see the light? (17) There the wicked cease from troubling, and there the weary are at rest. (18) There the prisoners are at ease together; they hear not the voice of the taskmaster. (19) The small and the great are there, and the slave is free from his master.

They day has been cursed rather thoroughly, so now Job questions his very existence. Why was I created if I am going to suffer in this way? A common question people ask when there life is full of suffering. When something happens to them, the question becomes why my. Why would God allow me to suffer in this way? How many people have fallen away because of suffering in their life? No answers as to why it is occurring, we deem that a just God must not exist because how just is it to allow suffering in the world. If he would have never been born, he would not have experienced joy and happiness along with the suffering.

Notice, in death, all were at rest together.

Job 3:20-24 “Why is light given to him who is in misery, and life to the bitter in soul, (21) who long for death, but it comes not, and dig for it more than for hidden treasures, (22) who rejoice exceedingly and are glad when they find the grave? (23) Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in? (24) For my sighing comes instead of my bread, and my groanings are poured out like water.

Why has death not come to those that suffer? Why must they endure and face the pain? People often try to kill the pain they are going through struggles. Not always at first, because we tell ourselves it will past, but as the pain seems unbearable and we lose our hope, we turn to the side to distract ourselves from the pain with something else. Food, sex, alcohol, drugs, work. It could be anything. Just something to allow the flesh to be stimulated and for another sensation giving us rest.

But why do we not just die when this happens? There is life before the suffering and life during the suffering, so there is life after the suffering as well.

Job 3:25-26 For the thing that I fear comes upon me, and what I dread befalls me. (26) I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest, but trouble comes.”

The religiousness of Job is now spoken. The thing I dreaded befall me. Job was not making daily sacrifices to please or honor God. He was making them as to stop God from reaching out and striking him. Was his heart into following what was right and wrong in order to please God or rather to appease God?

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