Job 3* Job complains that he was born. (1-10) Job complaining.(11-19) He complains of his life. (20-26)1-10 For seven days Job's friends sat by him in silence,without offering consolidation: at the same time Satan assaultedhis mind to shake his confidence, and to fill him with hardthoughts of God. The permission seems to have extended to this,as well as to torturing the body. Job was an especial type ofChrist, whose inward sufferings, both in the garden and on thecross, were the most dreadful; and arose in a great degree fromthe assaults of Satan in that hour of darkness. These inwardtrials show the reason of the change that took place in Job'sconduct, from entire submission to the will of God, to theimpatience which appears here, and in other parts of the book.The believer, who knows that a few drops of this bitter cup aremore dreadful than the sharpest outward afflictions, while he isfavoured with a sweet sense of the love and presence of God,will not be surprised to find that Job proved a man of likepassions with others; but will rejoice that Satan wasdisappointed, and could not prove him a hypocrite; for though hecursed the day of his birth, he did not curse his God. Jobdoubtless was afterwards ashamed of these wishes, and we maysuppose what must be his judgment of them now he is ineverlasting happiness. 11-19 Job complained of those present at his birth, for theirtender attention to him. No creature comes into the world sohelpless as man. God's power and providence upheld our fraillives, and his pity and patience spared our forfeited lives.Natural affection is put into parents' hearts by God. To desireto die that we may be with Christ, that we may be free from sin,is the effect and evidence of grace; but to desire to die, onlythat we may be delivered from the troubles of this life, savoursof corruption. It is our wisdom and duty to make the best ofthat which is, be it living or dying; and so to live to theLord, and die to the Lord, as in both to be his, #Ro 14:8|.Observe how Job describes the repose of the grave; There thewicked cease from troubling. When persecutors die, they can nolonger persecute. There the weary are at rest: in the grave theyrest from all their labours. And a rest from sin, temptation,conflict, sorrows, and labours, remains in the presence andenjoyment of God. There believers rest in Jesus, nay, as far aswe trust in the Lord Jesus and obey him, we here find rest toour souls, though in the world we have tribulation. 20-26 Job was like a man who had lost his way, and had noprospect of escape, or hope of better times. But surely he wasin an ill frame for death when so unwilling to live. Let it beour constant care to get ready for another world, and then leaveit to God to order our removal thither as he thinks fit. Graceteaches us in the midst of life's greatest comforts, to bewilling to die, and in the midst of its greatest crosses, to bewilling to live. Job's way was hid; he knew not wherefore Godcontended with him. The afflicted and tempted Christian knowssomething of this heaviness; when he has been looking too muchat the things that are seen, some chastisement of his heavenlyFather will give him a taste of this disgust of life, and aglance at these dark regions of despair. Nor is there any helpuntil God shall restore to him the joys of his salvation.Blessed be God, the earth is full of his goodness, though fullof man's wickedness. This life may be made tolerable if weattend to our duty. We look for eternal mercy, if willing toreceive Christ as our Saviour.
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