Job 3:1 – After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.
Hello readers, new blog today. In Job chapter 3, Job finally spoke… he had been trying to figure out the hows and whys. He’d been sitting in the ashes… the ashes of his life, the ashes of many past sacrifices to the God he had served faithfully his whole life. Look where serving God had gotten him! Is this where serving God gets me? We can get this attitude if we gauge the success of our life or others by looking at circumstances. You just don’t know what God is doing.
Job’s grief was great. And his esteemed friends were there… they had gathered together to mourn with him and comfort him. It’s amazing how their intention was to be a help to Job, but ended up just accusing him. Job didn’t curse God… but he did curse being ever born. He cursed his birth and everything associated with it. The great question of why… WHY God? Job had lost everything. He lost his children, he lost his money, and then he lost his own health. It sure looked like to those “wise friends” looking on that there was something bad that he had done to deserve all this! And surely we’d think the same. He was so successful, upright, he had it made in life… and then bam, bam, bam, bam… those men came to the natural conclusion. Job, God is angry with you because you’ve done something hideously wrong, you deserve this, repent.
Job’s cursing of his birth… it really just shows us how finite we are. There was so much more story to run. But we are so trapped in the right here and right now it’s hard to look outside the current circumstances. There is such a bigger picture at play in our lives, and there is so much more to life than happiness and prosperity. Your life surely amounts to more than just temporal pleasure and happiness. Although that’s this world, they live for that. So if it’s taken, there is surely no point to living. For a creature made in God’s image, with God’s own breath in his nostrils, surely we amount to more than fleeting riches and pleasure? And sure those things are great… but they can be taken. Is life only worth living if you’ve got it made? What hope is there for those that don’t got it made then? There is more to life than circumstances.
God let Satan rip Job’s life apart. But Job didn’t know this. We get the whole picture, but eh didn’t have all the facts. He cursed his day not having all the facts. No wonder he later said in Job 6:26 – Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind? All Job knew was that he served God in the integrity of his heart, he did right… yet all manner of evil befell him. What he said was the natural reaction we all have. Surely it would be easier if I’d never been born! But just think of how much Job’s life has been a blessing to Christians throughout history. Just think of the glory God got and still gets in Job’s life! If we could get our eyes of ourselves and realize our life isn’t ultimately about us, but about the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the best thing we can have, he can give no greater than himself. And he gave himself for our sins. God said to Abraham… I am thy exceeding great reward. Our purpose lies in him, in bringing him glory. It’s such a greater calling than just to live for ourselves.
Job was in a dark hour of his life. And nobody would want to be in his shoes. His friends didn’t, they were afraid when they saw him. They were no better than he was, they were no less deserving of being in his situation. Just thank God he has spared you. We are all sinners. We all deserve hell. Job wasn’t in this situation because he’d done something hideously wrong… he couldn’t figure out how and why… trying to figure some things out will make you do what he did. Why was I ever born? There’s going to be things in all of our lives where we are just going to have to trust God. They haven’t necessarily happened because you’ve done anything to deserve it, God lets things happen to glorify his Son. God lets things happen so that you will be more Christlike, so your faith will be built, so he can put Satan on the run through your life, so you have a testimony and legacy. In Job’s darkest hour he cursed being born… but I’m sure by the end of the book after the Lord turned things around and he had come to a place of repentance and acknowledgement of God… his attitude had changed. If you turn to Jesus Christ, he will turn things around, he will give you the grace to get through the dark times, and your end can be better than your beginning, just as Job’s eventually was!
Hi, my name is Joseph Zadow. I am a 30 y/o Bible Blogger. I was new to blogging once! God’s word is the best thing that we can be given, and once we have it and know it for ourselves it is both a privilege and responsibility to bring it to others! We are blessed to be a blessing! I am a sinner (for sure!) saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and I am a Lord Jesus Christ follower. He is faithful even though I rarely am to him. I believe the Bible is the word of God, and stake my life on it. My destination is heaven. As they say, I’m just a passin’ through this world… although most of the time it’s more like hangin’ by a thread in Jericho! I love playing sports – particularly cricket… I currently work on an orchard and a side hobby business of mine is growing vegetables etc – they are good for you! I love writing. Always happy to talk, so feel free to leave a comment. You can read more about me and my blog here – kjvbibletruth.com/about :)