Job 10:20 – Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little,
Job 10:21 – Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;
Job 10:22 – A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.
Genesis 4:16 – And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
Leave me alone God, that’s what Job said. Hello readers, new blog today, and back in Job. Job wanted God to just leave him alone so he could be done with this confusion and suffering and live a comfortable happy life before inevitable death that comes to us all. Of course, this statement is part of a much larger picture of Job’s trial and tribulation and the dialogue he had with his friends during it. Job wanted to be right with God, but he couldn’t make sense of what was going on his life. He thought God was being pretty unfair. He couldn’t work it all out, his friends had no clue… so he was pouring out his soul… and it’s recorded for us to learn from today. The Bible doesn’t shy away from anything.
So, using Job’s statement as a springboard, we want to consider the fact that many people want a life without God. They say as Job said… let me alone God. Job wanted God to leave him alone because Job felt God was targeting him, relentlessly pursuing him, and it didn’t make sense… and so as we all do, he just desired the path of least resistance. The (perceived) path of least resistance in life is a path well traveled by us all. And that is… God leave me alone. Is God more trouble than he’s worth for you? But he’s still God, you can’t get away can you? There’s nowhere you can go. But people sure do try.
The reality is that many people live this statement. People find it a lot easier, a lot more convenient, a lot more… comfortable (as Job wanted) without God. Indeed we remember the words of Jesus in John 3:19,20 – And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. See, this is ultimately why people don’t want God. God is too revealing, too challenging, too inconvenient, too UNcomfortable. It’s so much easier when there’s noone interrupting my self seeking sin loving life right. So much easier when there’s no voice of conscience, no rebuke of sin, no light being shone on my darkness.
Is it possible to just completely separate yourself from God? Maybe God will grant you your wish. But you don’t know what you’re in for. We have an example early on in the Bible of a man called Cain. Cain certainly tried the whole “leave me alone God”, he had a conversation with God regarding his sin… and then Bible says he departed from the presence of the Lord. There’s nothing like that conversation about your sin to make you depart from God right. Cain was happy for his life to go like that. He took his descendants with him too by the way, his posterity is defined by sin and wickedness. Maybe you’re the reason others will go to hell? But Cain preferred a life without God. And he built a city, and his descendants did this and that… but what was it all worth without God? What were all the achievements worth?
Maybe you think no God, then no trouble. That’s certainly right to some degree. Why would Satan set himself upon you when you’re already on his side singing his song and dancing to his tune? If you’re in the world and of the world… the world sure won’t be against you. And you’ll have a lot of buddies who think and do just and you do. Happy days. You may have heard the saying “more trouble than it’s worth”. Is God more trouble than he’s worth? Consider Moses. The Bible says of Moses that he chose to suffer affliction with the people of God rather than enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. Indeed in Herbews 11:26 – Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. Clearly Moses thought God was worth the trouble.
How can you be happy with a life apart from God? Did you know that that is a life separated from the purpose to which you were born? It’s a life separated from your Creator. It’s a life as dark as Job’s hopeless conclusion. But lots of people choose it. Why did Cain choose it? Because his deeds were evil the Bible says. That certainly sounds like what Jesus said in John 3 quoted above. Cain was of that wicked one. Are you a child of the devil reader? Do you want God to leave you alone because you love your sin? Is your sin that much to let go? A life without God is a life aimless and futile. If life is in Christ, being apart from Christ can only be death. If light is in Christ, being apart from Christ can only be darkness. Job knew of the hopelessness of God leaving him alone.
Job didn’t want God to leave him alone because of sin in his life, but because whatever he did God was against him. Job certainly understood the value of being right with God. He had been right with God for so long, now suddenly this all happens and he’s looking for how, why and where it all went wrong. But we know from context he was longing to be right with God. He wanted a conversation with God. He really did think God was worth the trouble in life. This was a man who offered sacrifices for his kids just in case they had cursed God in their hearts. But God now was just so against him, and Job was just reasoning himself into a bad mindset. You know, when we get to thinking and rationalizing we can end up in very dark places. When we get to “poor me”, when we get to looking at others… we can start making statements like leave me alone God. How often we ruminate and ruminate, and the end is despair.
Job’s statement reflects where we as Christians can end up in our own understanding of God. It’s why our understanding of God truly needs to be framed by God’s word. So we’re not knocked off the wheel when stuff happens. It’s why our faith needs to be real, and built on something real, something incorruptible, something infallible. So when things don’t amend to our thinking, it doesn’t knock us out the ballpark. Life happens, and you’re bewildered with God’s choices in it. If God is sovereign, if he knows all, if he sees all… why is he letting this happen? Surely it’d be easier if he was out my life, I could order my life a whole lot better than God could… surely? And see, that’s why people want God to leave them alone, because we think we can do better than God. That’s at the heart of it all, man thinks he knows better. I could definitely make my life better than what God is doing with it right. Do you have a God that you can trust with the steering wheel to your life?
We as humans want a comfortable life. That’s what Job was seeking for in asking God to leave him alone. He wanted comfort, and had gotten to the headspace where comfort would be found in God leaving him alone. You know, the Holy Spirit is called the Comforter. So was Job ever going to find comfort in God leaving him alone? Really? And is comfort always best for us? Should we be comfortable in sin? Comfortable in going to hell? What is comfort for a years in comparison to an eternity in hell? Being left alone was never a solution to Job’s problem. And it’s not a solution to ours. Job really wanted to be right with God, that was the most important thing to him. He just didn’t see a way to fix his relationship with God. Whatever he did and said was earning God’s displeasure. You know, our thinking can be our worst enemy. His friend’s thinking was theirs, and his thinking was messing him up. You’re starting to get messed up in your life when you want God to leave you alone, if he is the source of comfort and you want to seek comfort by him being out your life. God is worth the trouble, but here was Job with a boatload of trouble… and he is a better man than we will ever be.
This world seeks comfort in a lot of places, but not in God. God’s too challenging, God’s too inconvenient, God’s too holy. Let me go it myself, I’ll take it from here. You know, wanting to be left alone comes from bad thought processes, from finding fault in God. This world finds fault in how God’s doing things and they think that justifies their life of not wanting this God in their life. Look at the imbalances of life. How can a good God do that… I don’t want anything to do with him. You know there’s no questions you ask that haven’t already been asked, go through Job and you’ll see as real and fundamental a questioning of God as anyone can come up with. From the most godly man on the planet at that time no less. There is no solution to life in God leaving you alone. In fact salvation is only possible because God didn’t leave us alone despite us wanting to be left alone. This world hated and rejected Jesus Christ, who came to save us from our sins, to extend a hand into our despair. Job experienced some tough suffering in his life, but that is just a picture of the ultimate injustice of what Jesus experienced, all because he so loved us, because he wants the eternal best for us. True comfort for all of us will be found not in God leaving us alone, but in the comfort of the Holy Spirit at the cross of Jesus Christ.
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 :)