Job 10 Commentary
“Tell me what charges you have against me.” Saints may not have the audacity of Job to say this kind of prayer. Why should they invite trouble on themselves? Normally, the saint’s daily life is riddled with known moments of unfaithfulness. Why pray like Job and force the LORD to bring out a large book of sins against yourself?
However, large portions of Job’s prayer here are very familiar. Why is the LORD giving me a hard time while smiling at the wicked? I know the LORD loves me but why does He appear to be pleased seeing me being oppressed. Definitely, the Judge of the universe can tell the difference between wickedness and righteousness. What kind of love is this?
Job reminds the LORD how He created Job out of clay. Is the LORD about to send Job back to clay? Fine, but should it end this way? Is this really part of what the LORD had planned for me? Job has many questions that many believers have asked.
Why was I born, anyway? For this?
The LORD will eventually answer Job towards the end of this book. For now, we have Job going through gears of emotions. This journey through emotions and thoughts is an unending trip of ‘yes’ and ‘no’. One moment you feel like you understand but the very next moment you feel as confused as before. It is a cycle of rejection and acceptance. One moment you feel like you have said a very good prayer worthy of an immediate acquittal, only to completely rubbish it not long after the prayer is said. Repentance follows. The process repeats itself endlessly. It is a journey of countless back and forth trips to nowhere. This is where the real pain is.
But Job has laid it before the LORD. This is key. We saw how King Saul destroyed himself by lying prostrate on the floor of the witch’s hut in search of answers. (www.lovingscripture.com/2021/11/19/1-samuel-28-commentary/) He had been in a moment of deep crisis. Saints should never do things like this. Bring it to the LORD in prayer. This is Job’s lesson for us all.
These are deep-lying questions of life that no mortal can answer. Yet humans want to think another mortal can have answers. There can only be more confusion and self-destruction.
The scripture puts it this way: “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you”.
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