Ever been to that tipping point where you ask, what’s the point? Ever wonder why do I need to go thru this, is there a purpose? Ever felt like it is futile and that there is nothing you can do? What do you do? Where do you turn? How do you respond? Do you just keep doing what you know how to do? Do you continue to pray and trust God in and they it all? Do you cry and call out to Him for help and strength and hope? What if it feels really bad? What if in the midst of people and friends you feel alone? What if in the midst of your struggle you feel more resistance than you feel support? Will your trust in God and His plan be greater than your pain, your worries, and your sorrows? Will you get up in the midst of it all and put on the full ar,or of God because you know where your help comes from and you are building your life on the solid foundation, the rock of your faith in and through Jesus Christ our Lord? Will you press on in the midst taking hold of the overcoming power of Jesus? Will you press in because God’s Word says to consider it pure joy when you face challenges, trials, and troubles of many kinds? Will you allow your faith to grow by persevering they it all because the joy of the Lord is your strength? Will you persevere so that in the end you will be perfect and complete, lacking nothing thanks to Jesus who paid it all? So how will you get your day started today?
Today’s reading from God’s Word comes from Job 7:
““Is not man forced to labor on earth? And are not his days like the days of a hired man? As a slave earnestly longs for the shade, And as a hired man eagerly awaits his wages, So am I allotted months of futility and suffering, And [long] nights of trouble and misery are appointed to me. When I lie down I say, ‘When shall I arise [and the night be gone]?’ But the night continues, And I am continually tossing until the dawning of day. My body is clothed with worms and a crust of dust; My skin is hardened [and broken and loathsome], and [breaks out and] runs. My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, And are spent without hope. “Remember that my life is but breath [a puff of wind, a sigh]; My eye will not see good again. The eye of him who sees me [now] will see me no more; Your eyes will be upon me, but I will not be. As a cloud vanishes and is gone, So he who goes down to Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead) does not come up. He will not return again to his house, Nor will his place know about him anymore.
“Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul [O Lord]. Am I the sea, or the sea monster, That You set a guard over me? When I say, ‘My bed will comfort me, My couch will ease my complaint,’ Then You frighten me with dreams And terrify me through visions, So that I would choose suffocation, Death rather than my pain. I waste away and loathe my life; I will not live forever. Let me alone, for my days are but a breath [futile and without substance]. What is man that You [should] magnify him [and think him important]? And that You are concerned about him? And that You examine him every morning And try and test him every moment? Will You never turn Your gaze away from me [it plagues me], Nor let me alone until I swallow my spittle? If I have sinned, what [harm] have I done to You, O Watcher of mankind? Why have You set me as a target for You, So that I am a burden to myself? Why then do You not pardon my transgression And take away my sin and guilt? For now I will lie down in the dust; And You will seek me [diligently], but I will not be.””— Job 7
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We see how after refuting Elisha’s in yesterday’s reading, today Job directs his words to God. We learned how in the midst of the trial and test, Job has started to feel like this has all been just a job, like he was just a laborer or someone on military duty where it had become repetitive and joyless situation in which not his is able to comfort him nor bring him any assurance.
We see how he compares it to a hired man, a slave with a tough master, someone who was just looking for a silver lining be it relief or even reward. We learn how he is suffering thru sleepless nights of trouble and misery. We learn how his life had been hateful · detestable · abhorrent · repulsive · odious · repugnant · repellent · disgusting · revolting · sickening · nauseating · abominable · despicable · contemptible · reprehensible · execrable · damnable · hideous · ghastly · vile · horrible · nasty · frightful · obnoxious · gross · foul · offensive · disagreeable · horrid· yucky · bogging · noisomehateful · detestable · abhorrent · repulsive · odious · repugnant · repellent · disgusting · revolting · sickening · nauseating · abominable · despicable · contemptible · reprehensible · execrable · damnable · hideous · ghastly · vile · horrible · nasty · frightful · obnoxious · gross · foul · offensive · disagreeable · horrid· yucky · bogging · noisome because of
“My body is clothed with worms and a crust of dust; My skin is hardened [and broken and loathsome], and [breaks out and] runs.”Job 7:5 AMP
We learn how hopeless life felt because he was being tossed around like the waves of the see, hopeless because he knows how short life truly is, hopeless because he thought the time of seeing any good in life was fading away.
Today’s reading shows how Job was trying to reconcile in his own mind what could be going on and what God was doing.
We learn in the second half how Job turn to mourn · grieve (for/over) · weep for · shed tears for · sorrow · wail · moan · groan · weep · cry · sob · keen · plain · howl · pine for · beat one’s breast · ululate God. We see how Job start to question his drawn out and prolonged suffering. His words parallel the text from James 4 that say:
“Yet you do not know [the least thing] about what may happen in your life tomorrow. [What is secure in your life?] You are merely a vapor [like a puff of smoke or a wisp of steam from a cooking pot] that is visible for a little while and then vanishes [into thin air].”
—James 4:14 AMP
We learn how the pain is so severe and the reality of death that he has to express it. We see how he questions why he is needing to be monitored and watched over so much, was it because he is raging and tumultuous like the sea. We learn how even when people would find rest in going to bed how he still suffers and is faced with nightmares.
We learn how he keeps question the why. What is the point? What is the purpose? Why?
So where are you at today? My hope and prayer is that You will ask Jesus into your heart so that I will get to spend eternity in God’s presence with you. Are you ready for forgiveness and peace? Are you ready for a hope and a future? Are you ready for a transformation where the old is gone and the new has come? Are you ready to being the journey of knowing right from wrong? Then let’s pray together to invite Jesus into your heart and your life so that His peace which surpasses all understanding can guide you and comfort you, protect your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. If this is the first time you have prayed to invite Jesus into your heart, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If this is a re commitment to Jesus, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If you are still questioning or seeking, don’t go it alone, feel free to leave me a comment so we can discuss it.