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Job just doesn’t know how many friends he has.  Now it is the turn of Bildad, and he has plenty to say to Job.  He opens up by calling Job an old wind bag.

Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,  How long wilt thou speak these things? and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind?  Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert justice?  Job 8:1-3

Job has not claimed that God is unfair, but Bildad isn’t afraid to suggest that he has.

If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away for their transgression;  If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty; If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.  Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.  For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers:  (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:)  Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter words out of their heart?  Job 8:4-10

We know Job prayed for his children, but this expert lets his mouth outrun his knowledge.  He goes on to insist that Job is not righteous because of this curse.  But he does unknowingly prophesy of an end better than the beginning.  He seems to be telling Job to seek wisdom from his forefathers.

Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?  Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb.  So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite’s hope shall perish:  Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider’s web.  He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure. Job 8:11-15

Doom and gloom to the sinner this Bildad brings.  He seems to reject Job’s innocence as fast as today’s computers reject our passwords.  How do people get so much knowledge without benefit of any investigation or real knowledge?

He is green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his garden.  His roots are wrapped about the heap, and seeth the place of stones.  If he destroy him from his place, then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen thee.  Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth shall others grow.20 Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers.  Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing.  They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought. Job 8:16-22

Bildad goes on describing the weakness of a sinner.  The faithless seem green in season, but they are planted in rocks that will not remember after he is destroyed.  But God would not reject a perfect man, nor help sinners (like Job).

Now you have lived with Job for a few chapters and have met a couple of his friends.  Have they given you any testimony of the goodness of Job which God has previously testified of?  God has expressed faith in Job, and Job does measure up in spite of his friend’s unbelief.  Isn’t this going to be a fun trip through many more chapters of the book of Job?

Do you find resistance in the world around us?  Do you know people like Bildad?  When others are painting a picture of your low value can you see what God sees in you?  How can self esteem outrank the esteem God has in us?  Yet we are tempted to hear the negative words instead of the living word of Jesus.  Are you an overcomer?  About the people, who serve the accuser of the brethren; forgive them for they know not what they do.

AGAINST THE WIND

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JOB DESPONDS

Now Job is sinking beyond the disappointment of his friend’s inappropriate advice.  He is looking at his life as already gone, awed by the depth of his storm.  He finds no comfort awake or asleep.

Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?  As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work:  So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.  When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day.  My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome.  Job 7:1-5

Didn’t God limit our days, and aren’t we just temporary workers here?  I have been a contract worker, living from day to day for a brief wage period.  When I moved to a new job I found employment challenged to meet the moving costs.  Life becomes a rat race, leaving home and family for periods of separation on assignments.  Now I see construction and oil workers living in travel trailers like the old wagon trains here in Wyoming.  For Job this sense of temporary existence is further tormented by disease and pain.  He is a temp in life itself, expecting a sudden end.

My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are spent without hope.  O remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no more see good.  The eye of him that hath seen me shall see me no more: thine eyes are upon me, and I am not.  As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more.  He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more.  Job 7:6-10

How many workers despair of providing their families needs in hard times?  And days are replaced by decades of disappointment.  Suddenly dreams of beauty and bounty are abandoned to the reflection of age and degeneration in the mirror of reality.  Failing finances don’t soften the years of a senior, who has only the grave ahead of him.  One day the last trip away from home will be in an ambulance, and he will see the old house no more.

Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.  Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?  When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaints;  Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions:  So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life. Job 7:11-15 

So now Job will freely cry out his bitter anguish.  A seaman is always awake on watch, as the sea and whales are dangers always observed for safety.  Does God have to watch Job as if he were a foaming storm or other threat?  Sleep gives him no relief.  Does God send night terrors to restrain his madness?  I have known godless seniors who were tormented by nightmares to their last days.  Others have slipped away from reality but retained knowledge and comfort from the scriptures and from the assurance of their salvation. 

I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity.  What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?  And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment?  How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?  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?  And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away my iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.  Job 7:16-21

Job hates his life; he wants to be allowed to slip away from the foolishness of life.  But he observes something of note next; that God has mad man special.  He knows that God is there, and that this is a trial.  He wonders what his sin has been, or how to repent of it.  He expects to die in his unknown sin.  But he has evoked a familiar phrase.

What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?  For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.  Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:  All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;  The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.  O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Psalm 8:4-9

David in his Psalm 8 has asked the same question.  And we know that we are destined to more than the angels.  Job has illuminated a key to our hope; a promise of  coming promotion.

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JOB RESPONDS

Job has heard enough of his friend’s sermon. They have suggested that he was guilty of some great sin to earn this suffering. He is not engaged in some secret failing, so he is even more offended by their suggestion. This is the product of people who are just a little off. They don’t come out and bite you, they just cozy up to you like a porcupine, all full of little needles of bad doctrine.

There are some members of the body who have been infected like gangrene, and need to be removed by church leadership. A right hand is no good if it will cause poison to kill you. These guys are merely like friends who come to church to share a cold…thanks buddy!

There are people who are an open door to the evil voices and their role is to be part of our testing. You may remember that this life is only the entrance exam to the next life. If you don’t have experiences like this, you may not be in the right room to take the test. It’s part of Christian life. So Job is still in pain.

Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg? The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat. Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for! Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off! Then should I yet have comfort; yea, I would harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One. Job 6:6-10

Job has no pleasure in the usual things that give flavor to life. With all pleasure gone Job considers death better than helpless suffering. I have been hospitalized without relief from any medicine or medical knowledge. It is really hard to pray when your focus is taken by pain.

What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my life? Is my strength the strength of stones? or is my flesh of brass? Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me? To him that is afflicted pity should be shewed from his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty. Job 6:11-14

Job is asking what the point of his suffering is. Is there a good reason to continue living, or is there only more pain ahead? His friends have departed from fearing God by not having pity on the afflicted.

My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, and as the stream of brooks they pass away; Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow is hid: What time they wax warm, they vanish: when it is hot, they are consumed out of their place. The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and perish. The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them. They were confounded because they had hoped; they came thither, and were ashamed. Job 6:15-20

Arizona mountain streams may occasionally freeze and hide their waters until summer. But then they dry up and disappear! When people come to the river they are expecting, they are only met by more thirst. We have lost tourists who live in the west and they should know better than to go prospecting in the Superstition Mountains in the summer. Such are fair weather friends.

For now ye are nothing; ye see my casting down, and are afraid. Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a reward for me of your substance? Or, Deliver me from the enemy’s hand? or, Redeem me from the hand of the mighty? Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred. How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove? Job 6:21-25

If your friend seems to be cast off by God, are you afraid to be a friend now? Job did not ask for money or protection. He doesn’t need bail or a lawyer, just a little understanding. Show me what to fix so I can correct my ways if you can.

Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind? Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig a pit for your friend. Now therefore be content, look upon me; for it is evident unto you if I lie. Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again, my righteousness is in it. Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things? Job 6:26-30

As a broken man Job has been looking for answers, and he already knows his own life and actions. He can’t find truth in the suspicions or accusations of his friends. Do they look on him as a liar? Job thinks his own conscience would have tasted any sin hidden in him after all this testing. He will have a long time to search his soul about this.

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A CONTINUING RANT

Job’s friend Eliphaz is still entertained by his own voice. He hasn’t been very comforting yet, and he harps on.

Call now, if there be any that will answer thee; and to which of the saints wilt thou turn? For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one. I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation. His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, neither is there any to deliver them. Whose harvest the hungry eateth up, and taketh it even out of the thorns, and the robber swalloweth up their substance. Job 5:1-5

Well, Eliphaz suggests that neither God nor any other source hears and answers Job. He goes on to relate how foolish men fail, suggesting that Job too is far from God and deserves his punishment. A modern church pickets military funerals to tell America that our sins bought our sorrows, yet they know no more about their audience than Job’s friends do. Can we judge men without knowing as God knows these people? We already read that God had a purpose and Satan had a hand in Job’s trials. Is there a purpose we do not see in our neighbor’s behavior?

Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground; Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward. I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause: Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number: Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields: To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety. Job 5:6-11

Eliphaz give good advice to seek God, but is he teaching any new lesson to Job? If my neighbor sees a dog near her yard she comes out yelling. When the owner has already demonstrated a history of responsible cleanup, she may be making an enemy of a friend. A Christian will endure and continue to do good. But some are provoked to do evil when they are railed on. The tools of anger yield a crop of vinegar.

He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise. He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong. They meet with darkness in the day time, and grope in the noonday as in the night. But he saveth the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty. So the poor hath hope, and iniquity stoppeth her mouth. Job 5:12-16

So Job’s friend is presenting God as being good, which is true, but he seems to suggest that Job is being punished. Why does he suppose that he has access to God’s motives? We are blessed to see God protecting the poor and weak, but we don’t know what the rich and strong may become. He can change evil for good, and knows the hearts that we hate for the good hidden in them.

Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole. He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. In famine he shall redeem thee from death: and in war from the power of the sword. Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh. At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth. Job 5:17-22

Eliphaz is actually revealing a lot of truth, but what is he doing with it? Is he really encouraging Job or just accusing him of sin? If all these good things come to the obedient, Job must be a sinner, right? Have you ever heard a sermon that sounds like the preacher is trying to use scripture as a club to whip you with? I would feel better to hear scripture that shows me comfort as David’s Psalms do. Can we assume that a brother is innocent until God gets around to judging him, or do we have to help God?

For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field: and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee. And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle shall be in peace; and thou shalt visit thy habitation, and shalt not sin. Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great, and thine offspring as the grass of the earth. Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in in his season. Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know thou it for thy good. Job 5:23-27

I’m glad we know that Job is a righteous man, because God himself revealed this early in this story. Job knows that he is a peace with his own conscience, and he also knows that he is in physical pain. For being a righteous man, he is able to endure that and the additional pain of a misguided neighbor. Love is going to be called on to forgive people who are wandering far from a right path.

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SMALL COMFORT

In all of our ordeals isn’t it great to have friends who are understanding and comforting? Oh but Job didn’t get to keep friends like that. Have you ever noticed how our spiritual enemy can use people to provoke us a little closer to falling? You can’t exchange words with a tailgater without using hand signals. I hope that was a peace sign you were just flashing! And if you are near enough to converse, there really is no audience anyway. Some can only hear their own words. Do they really hear what they are saying though?

Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said, If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking? Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands. Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees. But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled. Job 4:1-5

Eliphaz is the friend who asks, “Are you going to be offended if we say something? I can’t stop my mouth, so here it comes. You tell everyone else how to handle their problems, but you can’t take it yourself.” Eliphaz acknowledges that Job has been encouragement to others even while he is about to try to drag Job down instead of encouraging him.

Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways? Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off? Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same. By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed. The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken. The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the stout lion’s whelps are scattered abroad. Job 4:6-11

Job had been the example of encouragement, not looking for sin in his suffering neighbors. The example doesn’t seem to rub off on this friend though. There is a church that pickets military funerals to tell everyone that this is God’s punishment for our sins. Do they know what the bible says about “railers”?

Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof. In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men, Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake. Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up: It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying, Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker? Job 4:12-17

Eliphaz is now relating a dream or a vision that he may be claiming as a message from God. He was moved to fear by this visitation. It is interesting that so many angelic appearances have the spirit telling the witness to “fear not”. This spirit allows the fear to go on without comforting the witness. This spirit portrays God as holding man in scorn.

Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly: How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth? They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever without any regarding it. Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom. Job 4:18-21

David has told us that we are created lower than angels, but expect a much higher calling to come. I think this spirit is the chief of the angels who were charged with folly. He is the voice that claims that we are unworthy of salvation. That observation is true, but irrelevant in the face of grace. Mortal man will not be more pure than his maker, but he will be a joint heir with him. The Lord rebuke thee, Satan!

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ANGUISH

Job is in pain. Can he endure without cursing God for his condition? He does regret being alive to endure this great trial. I see many seniors enduring affliction, and marvel at their enduring hope as they march closer to their day with God. What do they see that gives them such confidence to approach the veil? They who know their God have his assurance.

After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day. And Job spake, and said, Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived. Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it. Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it. Job 3:1-5

If Job could disturb the time line like they do in “Star Trek” he would mess his world up big time! He would frighten his own birthday off with the terror of darkness.

As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months. Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein. Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning. Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; let it look for light, but have none; neither let it see the dawning of the day: Because it shut not up the doors of my mother’s womb, nor hid sorrow from mine eyes. Job 3:6-10

Now he would disjoint the calendar and darken the planets that light the early evening sky. He wants vengeance on the mechanisms of the universe for any part they played in his birth.

Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly? Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck? For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest, With kings and counselors of the earth, which build desolate places for themselves; Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver: Job 3:11-15

To be stillborn Job may have been laid to rest among the dead kings of the past. Powerful men who wasted their lives in the futility of building material wealth would have been release from torment.

Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light. There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest. There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor. The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master. Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul; Job 3:16-20

Pain and frustration can provoke a great speech of despair. Job continues to consider the benefits of existing in the silence of the deceased. Why is there awareness for those who are alive in agony?

Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures; Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave? Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in? For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters. For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came. Job 3:21-26

The afflicted may rejoice in death but God does not grant this to everyone. I have been hospitalized with symptoms the doctors did not understand. I could not pray effectively for my own relief. Job has not lived without prayer, nor has he allowed sin into his life. The pain coming to him now disturbed his prayer and communion with God as he is surrounded by the manifestation of his worst fears. Job needs a friend.

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ACCUSING SPIRIT

The temptations of Job are not inspired by God, but rather by Satan. Yet God knows Job enough to trust him, even as Job trusts God. Unwavering performance is the mark of their relationship; they trust each other. One spirit does not believe this is a reality.

Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD. And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause. And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. Job 2:1-5

Earthly events have origins in the spiritual realm. We should be able to see this in all the events of the bible. Esther and Mordecai experienced the manifestation of spiritual warfare in political realms. David saw demonic attacks from Saul and from his own son Absalom. For Job the demonic temptation challenged his physical health.

And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life. So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes. Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips. Job 2:6-10

Job as lost his fortune and his children. Now he is losing his health, and all he has left is his wife. But she speaks like an enemy, tempting him to abandon his faith in God. We need to be equally yoked in marriage, sharing our joy and sorrow with a partner who equally trusts our provider. Job may be able to lead his wife to grow by being a godly example and a spiritual leader for his house. He will accept the will of God. For now, all he has left are his wife and his friends. What will their value be to him?

Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him. And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven. So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great. Job 2:11-13

When I speak of a balanced life, it includes having fellowship with people who share our faith. They are the conduit of the Holy Spirit, our source of encouragement. If they only know defeat, and offer no words from God, what do they offer more than our enemies?

After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day. And Job spake, and said, Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived. Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it. Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it. Job 3:1-5

Job has suffered enough to provoke anger at having been born. I am a bit less enthusiastic about birthdays as I approach number 66. I think route 66 will get even harder for the coming generations though. We have left godly ways so far behind as a nation that many have earned some trials. Job did not earn trilas as a punishment for sin though.

As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months. Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein. Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning. Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; let it look for light, but have none; neither let it see the dawning of the day: Because it shut not up the doors of my mother’s womb, nor hid sorrow from mine eyes. Job 3:6-10

Why should we endure such hardship as life brings us? Is there some good point to our journey out of the womb? Job considers how life might have been easier if it never began.

Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly? Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck? For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest, With kings and counsellors of the earth, which build desolate places for themselves; Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver: Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light. Job 3:11-16

Rich or poor, death brings rest to all who enter there it might seem. While suffering from afflictions in this life we may begin to long for Death. My father declared that aging is not for cowards.

There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest. There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor. The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master. Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul; Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures; Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave? Job 3:17-22

Be warned though that not everyone will welcome death. Job may think so in his suffering, but others have gone out in fear as death approached them. Job sees that everything he had feared and prayed against has happened to him.

Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in? For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters. For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came. Job 3:23-26

Why does God allow man to have light to see the fears that have surrounded him? Job may have preferred a sudden death, with no warning instead of long suffering. Job will have his faith tested and demonstrated in this experience. These trials are just his entrance exam to a better life to come.