Job 7* Job's troubles. (1-6) Job expostulates with God. (7-16) Hebegs release. (17-21)1-6 Job here excuses what he could not justify, his desire ofdeath. Observe man's present place: he is upon earth. He is yeton earth, not in hell. Is there not a time appointed for hisabode here? yes, certainly, and the appointment is made by Himwho made us and sent us here. During that, man's life is awarfare, and as day-labourers, who have the work of the day todo in its day, and must make up their account at night. Job hadas much reason, he thought, to wish for death, as a poor servantthat is tired with his work, has to wish for the shadows of theevening, when he shall go to rest. The sleep of the labouringman is sweet; nor can any rich man take so much satisfaction inhis wealth, as the hireling in his day's wages. The comparisonis plain; hear his complaint: His days were useless, and hadlong been so; but when we are not able to work for God, if wesit still quietly for him, we shall be accepted. His nights wererestless. Whatever is grievous, it is good to see it appointedfor us, and as designed for some holy end. When we havecomfortable nights, we must see them also appointed to us, andbe thankful for them. His body was noisome. See what vile bodieswe have. His life was hastening apace. While we are living,every day, like the shuttle, leaves a thread behind: many weavethe spider's web, which will fail, ch. #8:14|. But if, while welive, we live unto the Lord, in works of faith and labours oflove, we shall have the benefit, for every man shall reap as hesowed, and wear as he wove. 7-16 Plain truths as to the shortness and vanity of man's life,and the certainty of death, do us good, when we think and speakof them with application to ourselves. Dying is done but once,and therefore it had need be well done. An error here is pastretrieve. Other clouds arise, but the same cloud never returns:so a new generation of men is raised up, but the formergeneration vanishes away. Glorified saints shall return no moreto the cares and sorrows of their houses; nor condemned sinnersto the gaieties and pleasures of their houses. It concerns us tosecure a better place when we die. From these reasons Job mighthave drawn a better conclusion than this, I will complain. Whenwe have but a few breaths to draw, we should spend them in theholy, gracious breathings of faith and prayer; not in thenoisome, noxious breathings of sin and corruption. We have muchreason to pray, that He who keeps Israel, and neither slumbersnor sleeps, may keep us when we slumber and sleep. Job covets torest in his grave. Doubtless, this was his infirmity; for thougha good man would choose death rather than sin, yet he should becontent to live as long as God pleases, because life is ouropportunity of glorifying him, and preparing for heaven. 17-21 Job reasons with God concerning his dealings with man.But in the midst of this discourse, Job seems to have lifted uphis thoughts to God with some faith and hope. Observe theconcern he is in about his sins. The best men have to complainof sin; and the better they are, the more they will complain ofit. God is the Preserver of our lives, and the Saviour of thesouls of all that believe; but probably Job meant the Observerof men, whose eyes are upon the ways and hearts of all men. Wecan hide nothing from Him; let us plead guilty before his throneof grace, that we may not be condemned at his judgment-seat. Jobmaintained, against his friends, that he was not a hypocrite,not a wicked man, yet he owns to his God, that he had sinned.The best must so acknowledge, before the Lord. He seriouslyinquires how he might be at peace with God, and earnestly begsforgiveness of his sins. He means more than the removing of hisoutward trouble, and is earnest for the return of God's favour.Wherever the Lord removes the guilt of sin, he breaks the powerof sin. To strengthen his prayer for pardon, Job pleads theprospect he had of dying quickly. If my sins be not pardonedwhile I live, I am lost and undone for ever. How wretched issinful man without a knowledge of the Saviour!
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