The Book of Job: Chapters 6-7

Chapters six through seven are Job’s first answer to Eliphaz. These two chapters deal a lot with grief and depression. They also show us how we should act and react to someone who is going through them. They also reveal a similarity in all of us, from the troubles in the night to the groaning of our spirit, Job speaks of it all. The beauty is that God is the missing puzzle piece needed for each and every situation.

We are not Enough.

What strength do I have, that I should continue to hope? What is my future, that I should be patient? …Since I cannot help myself, the hope for success has ben banished from me.

Job 6:11&13 CSB

In this day and age, we are encouraged to be everything. We are told what makes up our worth and if we are lacking in any area then we had better do everything we can to raise the bar higher. Better Grades. Better Looks. Better Work Performance. More Money. More Luxury. Better Clothing Brands.

The world we live in today is a consumerism type of world. If we don’t consume, then what do we have to offer anyone? If what’s hot today isn’t already in our possession, well then we’d better get it. Yet the moment we do, the trends change. It’s ever evolving and we are told that we have to keep up. We need to live up to an ideal, whether that be an ideal of society, an ideal of family, or even our own ideal. Whatever it is, we have to keep up and there is always something we are lacking.

Let me tell you something, though. WE ARE NOT ENOUGH!

Whatever ideal is placed upon us, we are not enough. That’s just the way it is. We were never made to be complete in ourselves.

Even in the Christian community, there are ideals everywhere of what the “perfect” christian looks like. We’ll never live up to it. Why? Well, partly because they’re man-made, but also because of the afore-mentioned statement. We were never made to be complete in ourselves.

We will never fully have the strength to endure of, and within, ourselves. That’s why we have to rely on God.

By trusting and relying on God, He becomes our strength. He becomes our hope. He becomes our wisdom. He becomes all that we need in order to endure and hold out.

God Knows Best.

If only my request would be granted and God would provide what I hope for: that He would decided to crush me, to unleash His power and cut me off!

Job 6:8-9 CSB

Job’s hope was that God would end his life, thereby ending his immediate suffering. But God did not. God knew that there was great joy and recompense coming Job’s way. Had God granted Job’s wish, Job would’ve missed out on an amazing blessing.

We often wish for things that seem great or right in the moment, and we get upset if God doesn’t give it to us. However, God sees more that the right now and He sees the greater joys coming our way.

Will we trust that God knows what’s best for us? Will we trust in Him? Or will we keep griping about what we can see (or not) in our limited vision?

Being a Comfort.

For the despairing man there should be kindness from his friend; So that he does not abandon (turn away from) the fear of the Almighty.

Job 6:14 AMP

One way we can show our reverence and obedience to God is by showing His loving-kindness to one who is suffering. We are called to mourn with those who mourn, to share in the grief of others. (Rom.12:15) Interestingly enough, there are no limitations put on as to what kind of grief we should share. We often think of grief of life, like losing a loved one, but this can also be grief of mind, of emotions–what we would call depression. It didn’t say we have to understand a person’s grief, just that we need to share or comfort them.

We might ask ourselves what that looks like, but first we need to ask ourself a different question:

Are we a constant source of Living Water to the travelers in our life or are we a seasonal wadi?

My brothers have acted deceitfully like a brook, Like the torrents of brooks that vanish, which are dull and dirty because of ice, and into which the snow melts and hides itself; when it is warm, they are silent and cease to flow; when it is hot, they vanish from their place…They were put to shame and disappointed because they had trusted [that they would find water]…

Job 6:15-20 AMP

Can people come to us as a source that will lead them to Jesus, even being His hands and feet or showing and sharing His loving character, without fail at any point or season in life? Or are we only fair weather friends with Jesus and therefore not a real source of His love and comfort?

How can we be a comfort, a source for Jesus to flow through, if we’ve dammed the Spring in our life?

Our reactions and comforts look a lot different depending on if we turn to Jesus in hard times or we are a fair-weather friend with Him. We won’t have the same advice, the same empathy and sympathy. How can we be a continual source of comfort if we have not first allowed ourselves to be on the receiving end of the Comforter?

His comfort is immeasurable and endless. It fills us and flows through us, but if we don’t know what it looks like, how can we truly share it with others? Like everything else that God has made available to us, it is about relationship. First, a genuine relationship with Him and then a genuine relationship with people.

I wonder how many people simply saw Jesus coming and were comforted by Him.

I’m not Jesus, but He lives in me, and I hope that as I walk in His footsteps that I’m the kind of person people see coming and are comforted.

Job’s friends spent a lot of time trying to tell him that he must have done something wrong, something to anger God, or else he wouldn’t be suffering as he was. The most comfort they genuinely gave him were the seven days they were silent with him. I don’t know about you, but I want my words and my actions to be comforting. I do not want to be like a seasonal wadi. Sometimes silence is enough, and sometimes a little something more is needed. I want to be a source where the Living Water, the Comforter, is able to flow through and meet the need of the person I am grieving with. How about you?

The Night Before…

When I lie down, I say, Mosai (how long) till I arise? But the erev drags on, and I am full of tossing to and fro until dawn.

Job 7:4 OJB

Erev: The night before

Here, Job talks about the night before the dawn, the time before he finds freedom and rest, peace and relief from the troubles he faces. It is a miserable time that seems to drag on and on.

We might be in the erev, which is full of trials and troubles. Like Job, we might be asking, “How long?” How long until that promised Dawn appears? Until our Savior lifts the burden from our shoulders and His promises are at last fulfilled?

It may seem like the suffering will last for the rest of our life, but God will not fail us and His Word will be our rescue.

The Anguish of Heart and Spirit.

O remember that my life is ruach (wind); mine eye shall no more see tov

Job 7:7

During the darkest part of the night, when our troubles and trials, our grief and despair are at their worst, it may seem like we will never again see the goodness of God.

In this simple quote we find our own heart reflecting in Job’s. What hope did Job have of being reunited with God? Job spent his life by the way of God, God Himself commends Job for this. As Job neared what he thought was the end of his life, all Job wanted was to see a bit of God’s goodness once more.

What do we hope for in this life? To know a bit of Heaven on earth? Simplified, yes, but the heart of it is knowing and experiencing God’s presence even in this life. Job was a man of the Mosaic Law, the veil dividing him from the Holy of Holies, God’s presence. We have no such division, yet our hearts are the same as Job’s: We want to know God again.

I will speak in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul [O Lord].

Job 7:11

The anguish of Job’s spirit and the bitterness of his soul are two different things.

His soul is that part which will return to dust when he dies. OJB says, Of my nefesh–of his life. Job’s life on earth has become bitter to him because of all his suffering.

Yet the anguish of his spirit is tied to God. The anguish that he may no longer know God’s goodness, no longer know the joy that comes from being blessed by God. Essentially, Job’s anguish of his spirit is being separated from God.

One may not realize it, especially if they do not have a personal relationship with God through Jesus, but every spirit on earth feels anguish at being separated from God. You might not believe me, but it is true.

It is found in the emptiness, the feeling that something is missing, even in a good life. It is the feeling of striving yet never truly reaching satisfaction. It is found in the question, What is the point of life? It is found in the statement, There’s got to be more to life.

The point and the more, they are both the same answer. God. The point of life is to know the Life. To know Him who created and established us long before we remember or were born. The more that we need to find completeness is the One who is the final puzzle piece to every piece of us. We were made, created, to fit in union with God.

We are eternal beings living in a temporal world. We long to return to the Creator’s original design, His eternal design. To be separated from God is worse than death, both in this life and the next. In truth, it is a grief we cannot fully comprehend.

My heart and flesh cry out/ for You, the Living God/ Your Spirit’s water to my soul…

Better is One Day – Matt Redman

What is our life, our earthly life, but a bit of God’s breath quickly passing through this life and into the next? Yet it is in this life where we choose whether to know God and live in eternal relationship with Him, or to deny Him and be separated from Him forever.

Where are You?

Are you in the night before? Do you wait for God to show up as sure as the Dawn? Find comfort that His Word has never failed, and it won’t begin failing with you.

Do you know someone who is mourning, grieving in any capacity? Ask God to show you how to be His comfort to them today.

Do you have an anguish in your heart or spirit? Ask God to be your Comfort. Turn to Him and He will be the very thing to ease the anguish and fulfill your hope. He is the piece of your puzzle that is missing.

Happy Monday

The Book of Job Chapters 1-2
The Book of Job Chapters 3-4
The Book of Job Chapter 5

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