In our passage today, Job is seen at a point of desperation and exhaustion. He says in verse 6, “all my members are like a shadow”, meaning that parts of his body are tired. I believe we have all had a similar experience to Job at some point in our life. Things in life are not going well. There is struggle after struggle, and it seems like it will never end. This eventually leads to us being mentally, physically, and spiritually drained. And while that may be the case, Job provides a great perspective for dealing with these situations.
Job, even in the midst of such pain and suffering, still hopes in God. In verses 13-14, Job speaks of death. He ultimately says if I hope for death then how can I hope for God, because verse 15 says, “where then is my hope? Who will see my hope?”. If Job is hoping for death, then it would show his lack of faith that God is in control of all things and can bring him through this situation.
So what should we do with this? I think we have to examine what our hope is in when we are in a time of physical, mental, and spiritual exhaustion. Are we looking to worldly things to bring us rest and comfort? Or are we seeking God and putting our full hope in Him to deliver us from the struggle?
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice