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December 29, 2018

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Reading along with us in Job? Here’s today’s reading:

Job 3 (ESV)

After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. And Job said:

“Let the day perish on which I was born,
    and the night that said,
    ‘A man is conceived.’
Let that day be darkness!
    May God above not seek it,
    nor light shine upon it.
Let gloom and deep darkness claim it.
    Let clouds dwell upon it;
    let the blackness of the day terrify it.....Continue Reading

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  1. Job 3:23 (ESV)
     Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in?

    In his accusation, Satan argued that Job was upright only because God had put a “hedge” of blessing around him (Job 1:10). Here in the opening lament of the dialogues, Job refers to his sustained life amid inscrutable circumstances of suffering as rendering him one whom God has hedged in. Satan’s contention is disproved through Job’s continued faithfulness. Job’s overall lament of his situation is something which God both reproves (see Job 38-41) and commends (Job 42:7).
    Lane T. Dennis, ed., ESV Study Bible, The: English Standard Version, (Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway Bibles, 2008), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “Job 3”.

  2. Job 3 really gives a window into the depth of sadness and depression that Job is experiencing at this point. I think we can all understand the emotional reaction of regretting the day of one’s birth after the level of loss and suffering that Job has been exposed to. To not have been born appears to be the quickest and easiest way to free himself from the pain that he is suffering. But Job does not do the 2 things that his wife has encouraged him to do: he does not curse God and he does not take his own life. See emotion is a wonderful gift that allows us to asses our reaction to life and how we are internalizing the things we are going through. But they are not always the best reference point for action, especially when we experience despair…and anger for that matter. The beautiful thing that God offers us is a place to vent and process our strong emotion and expose it to the truth and will of God. See truth would dictate to Job and us, if we ever find ourselves here, that regretting life is not a prerogative we truly have. If God has given it, then He has a purpose for it and we do best to find that purpose and the provision God has made for it, in spite of how hard or sad things are. And He is the only one with the authority to speak into a situation like this. He is the only one who can truly bring solace and meet us where we are. Which makes Him a great One to turn to in any situation….

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