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 assaulted

his mind to shake his confidence, and to fill him with hard

thoughts of God. The permission seems to have extended to this,

as well as to torturing the body. Job was an especial type of

Christ, whose inward sufferings, both in the garden and on the

cross, were the most dreadful; and arose in a great degree from

the assaults of Satan in that hour of darkness. These inward

trials show the reason of the change that took place in Job's

conduct, from entire submission to the will of God, to the

impatience which appears here, and in other parts of the book.

The believer, who knows that a few drops of this bitter cup are

more dreadful than the sharpest outward afflictions, while he is

favoured with a sweet sense of the love and presence of God,

will not be surprised to find that Job proved a man of like

passions with others; but will rejoice that Satan was

disappointed, and could not prove him a hypocrite; for though he

cursed the day of his birth, he did not curse his God. Job

doubtless was afterwards ashamed of these wishes, and we may

suppose what must be his judgment of them now he is in

everlasting happiness.
11-19 Job complained of those present at his birth, for their

tender attention to him. No creature comes into the world so

helpless as man. God's power and providence upheld our frail

lives, and his pity and patience spared our forfeited lives.

Natural affection is put into parents' hearts by God. To desire

to 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, only

that we may be delivered from the troubles of this life, savours

of corruption. It is our wisdom and duty to make the best of

that which is, be it living or dying; and so to live to the

Lord, and die to the Lord, as in both to be his, #Ro 14:8|.

Observe how Job describes the repose of the grave; There the

wicked cease from troubling. When persecutors die, they can no

longer persecute. There the weary are at rest: in the grave they

rest from all their labours. And a rest from sin, temptation,

conflict, sorrows, and labours, remains in the presence and

enjoyment of God. There believers rest in Jesus, nay, as far as

we trust in the Lord Jesus and obey him, we here find rest to

our souls, though in the world we have tribulation.
20-26 Job was like a man who had lost his way, and had no

prospect of escape, or hope of better times. But surely he was

in an ill frame for death when so unwilling to live. Let it be

our constant care to get ready for another world, and then leave

it to God to order our removal thither as he thinks fit. Grace

teaches us in the midst of life's greatest comforts, to be

willing to die, and in the midst of its greatest crosses, to be

willing to live. Job's way was hid; he knew not wherefore God

contended with him. The afflicted and tempted Christian knows

something of this heaviness; when he has been looking too much

at the things that are seen, some chastisement of his heavenly

Father will give him a taste of this disgust of life, and a

glance at these dark regions of despair. Nor is there any help

until God shall restore to him the joys of his salvation.

Blessed be God, the earth is full of his goodness, though full

of man's wickedness. This life may be made tolerable if we

attend to our duty. We look for eternal mercy, if willing to

receive Christ as our Saviour.

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