8Oh, that I might have my request,
that God would grant what I hope for,
9that God would be willing to crush me,
to let loose his hand and cut off my life!
10Then I would still have this consolation-
my joy in unrelenting pain-
that I had not denied the words of the Holy One. (Job 6:8-10)
The pain and anguish Job feels from losing everything he has is completely understandable. Job is asking for God to just end his life so he does not have to deal with the pain of such loss. We will all find a point in our lives that we feel this way. Whether it is the death of a close family member, the unexpected loss of a parent or child, that pain can be unbearable. Job does not blame God for his devastation, but simply pleads that God end his suffering.
The story of Job is a perfect representation of the Old Testament, where believers do not have a real relationship with God. They have yet to see the good, good Father that is God to all of us. In Job’s day, the only ones with a relationship with God were the High Priests and the Prophets of old. Job and his friends never had the chance to know the everlasting love and grace of Jesus Christ and the promise His resurrection gives us as Christians, the blessed assurance that no matter how painful this world can be, it is all temporary. When you know, you know, and death loses its sting. Live a righteous life, spread the Gospel, make the world a better place, and death is only the beginning.
The song I am sharing below is my anthem since I heard it last Friday. Ms. Anna Golden released her debut album and I quickly realized I have been jamming out to her songs for the last year, especially golden tracks like the tranquility of “Peace,” the great beats in “You,” and my favorite lyrics from the song below: “Doubt.”
“You can’t make me doubt Him, I would have never made it this far without Him.”
Reading plan: Acts 19:1-22
Deeper reading plan: Job 4, 5, 6