Monday, February 3, 2014

Living Through "Job's Life" Part 7 - February 3, 2014


Job 3:1-4;20-26 (New Living Translation)
1 At last Job spoke, and he cursed the day of his birth.
2 He said:
3 “Let the day of my birth be erased,
and the night I was conceived.
4 Let that day be turned to darkness.
Let it be lost even to God on high,
and let no light shine on it.
...
20 “Oh, why give light to those in misery,
and life to those who are bitter?
21 They long for death, and it won’t come.
They search for death more eagerly than for hidden treasure.
22 They’re filled with joy when they finally die,
and rejoice when they find the grave.
23 Why is life given to those with no future,
those God has surrounded with difficulties?
24 I cannot eat for sighing;
my groans pour out like water.
25 What I always feared has happened to me.
What I dreaded has come true.
26 I have no peace, no quietness.
I have no rest; only trouble comes.”

Job finds himself accompanied by his three best friends, and for a week they could not speak. I suspect that Job was consumed by his grief and pain and really couldn't speak, but when he does, his message is one of woe. You can almost hear him wailing as you read through his words. Can you imagine his heartfelt grief over the loss of his children and everything he once had? Can you imagine the pain he was suffering from his body covered in boils that could only be relieved by scratching his sores with broken pieces of pottery?

There are times when we find ourselves in the same utter despair and desperation; times when we are so depressed about our circumstances, that all we feel is hopelessness. This is a time that all of us can relate to, because all of us have been there at one time or another. If we haven't been through such a time, there will be a time like this sometime in our lives. To really get a sense of the state of Job, imagine his situation; imagine the pitiful circumstances he was surrounded by.

You may be in this situation right now. This might be describing your life and what you are going through. Now might be the time you are in your Job experience. How do you overcome this? What can you do? As you read further through Job, you will read how others will try to help and give words of advice, but only with God can Job truly recover. Stay with me as we read further about a "Job's Life".

Canvas of Job, Leon Bonnat(1833-1922),Musee Bonnat, Bayonne, France

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