Devotional Readings

Job 7 – In the depths of depression….

We see that Job in his conversation with his friends continues in the throes of depressive thoughts.
Earlier we saw this expressed in dire terms….

Job 3:11  Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?
It continues here:
Job 7:16  I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity.

Yet we begin to see some cracks in his attitude:

Job 7:17  What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?

Job 7:20  I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men? why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself?

Job 7:21  And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away mine iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be. 

It’s a strange ending….Gill writes:

and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be; meaning not in the morning of the resurrection, for then he will be found; but it is a figurative way of speaking, as Bar Tzemach observes, just as one goes to visit a sick man in a morning, and he finds him dead, and he is not any more in the land of the living: many interpreters understand this as Job’s sense, that he should quickly die; he could not be a long time in the circumstances he was; and therefore if the Lord had a mind to bestow any good thing on him in the present life, he must make haste to do it, since in a short time he should be gone, and then, if he sought for him, it would be too late, he should be no more; but the sense is this, that when he lay down in the dust, in the grave, he should be seen no more on earth by any man, nay, not by the eye of God himself, should the most early and the most diligent search be made for him. Mr. Broughton takes it to be a petition and request to die, rendering the words,”why dost thou not quickly seek me out, that I should be no more?”and to which others (f) agree.

We can expect to see this continue for a while more, looking ahead Job will say:

Job 10:1  My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

If today as we remember the dark time on Friday 2,000 years ago, that day Jesus was mocked and taken to the cross,….. and perhaps there are difficult times in our own lives, let us remember to look forward to the resurrection and know as Job will soon say:

Job 19:25  For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

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