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THE WEARY ROAD

Job is sick and tired of being sick and tired.  He wants to know why God has allowed him to fall into such agony.

My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.  I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou contendest with me.  Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou shouldest despise the work of thine hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?  Hast thou eyes of flesh? or seest thou as man seeth?  Are thy days as the days of man? are thy years as man’s days,  Job 10:1-5

Job wants answers.  Why is God condemning him?  Why does God let evil people prosper over him?  Does God see what we see, does he live here in the earth as flesh and blood?  We know that God actually allowed Satan to test Job because he knew that Job would overcome.  And we also know that God did indeed come in the flesh as Emanuel.

That thou enquirest after mine iniquity, and searchest after my sin?  Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and there is none that can deliver out of thine hand.  Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me.  Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again?  Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese?  Job 10:6-10

If God did his research he would know that Job had no gross sin, as he fears God.  Job wonders how the potter can destroy what hee has just made.

Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews.  Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.  And these things hast thou hid in thine heart: I know that this is with thee.  If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity.  If I be wicked, woe unto me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up my head. I am full of confusion; therefore see thou mine affliction;  For it increaseth. Thou huntest me as a fierce lion: and again thou shewest thyself marvellous upon me. Job 10:11-16

Job knows that God made him and will hold him accountable for sin.  Yet if he is righteous he will not be proud because these afflictions confuse him.  He has an understanding of God as merciful and this is not what he is experiencing now.

Thou renewest thy witnesses against me, and increasest thine indignation upon me; changes and war are against me.  Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me!  I should have been as though I had not been; I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.  Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little,  Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;  A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.Job 10:17-22

If only for pain, why did God create him?  Job might prefer to be unborn rather than to have long days of misery.  This is all hard for us to read today, as we don’t like the bad news or complaining.

As I become a senior citizen I have had loss and pain.  Dad told me that growing old is not for cowards.  I may be tempted to fault Job for complaining until I catch myself doing the same thing.  Employers discriminate against us, and marketing targets young people.  My computer changes weekly and I can’t keep up.  My mind and body are slowing or breaking down.  I am senior, hear me whine!

Job didn’t have the assurance and instruction of the New Testament.  He couldn’t see through the veil and into the Holy of Holies.  We have this assurance of eternal life and still complain.  Do we question God when evil is dominating our world?  Wait on God, he will answer.

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