Day 2 - Job 3:1-16

It's Okay to Cry

Job’s situation has reached a breaking point for him by chapter 3. All of his possessions and family have been stripped from him (except for his wife), his health has deteriorated, and his friends now join him to mourn in silence over the great tragedy he is currently suffering through. In his anguish, Job says this:

3:1 Afterward Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. 2 And Job said, 3 “Let the day perish on which I was to be born, And the night which said, ‘A boy is conceived.’ 4 “May that day be darkness; Let not God above care for it, Nor light shine on it. 5 “Let darkness and black gloom claim it; Let a cloud settle on it; Let the blackness of the day terrify it. 6 “As for that night, let darkness seize it; Let it not rejoice among the days of the year; Let it not come into the number of the months. 7 “Behold, let that night be barren; Let no joyful shout enter it. 8 “Let those curse it who curse the day, Who are prepared to rouse Leviathan. 9 “Let the stars of its twilight be darkened; Let it wait for light but have none, And let it not see the breaking dawn;

Quite simply, Job wishes he had never been born. In the past, he was grateful for the many blessings in his life. Now, his only wish is that God had never created him. Notice that Job chooses only to curse his birth and not the Lord his God. Up to this point Job’s trials have shown him to be a humble follower during his darkest days, not a hypocrite.

Many of us have been here. Disaster has invaded our lives. Whatever our suffering is, we chalk it up as too much, too painful, too heavy to serve a worthy purpose. We become impatient with waiting for the coming goodness of God because we feel like there’s a void of the current goodness of God in our experiences. But like Job, we must not curse God for the suffering we are going through. We must instead place our trust and faith in his sovereignty over us.

What trial or suffering has caused you to become impatient with God? How has God pulled you through suffering in the past?

Job’s cries do not end here. They only continue in the same woeful direction.

10 Because it did not shut the opening of my mother’s womb, Or hide trouble from my eyes. 11 “Why did I not die at birth, Come forth from the womb and expire? 12 “Why did the knees receive me, And why the breasts, that I might be nursed? 13 “For now I would have lain down and been quiet; I would have slept then, I would have been at rest, 14 With kings and with counselors of the earth, Who rebuilt ruins for themselves; 15 Or with princes who had gold, Who were filling their houses with silver. 16 “Or like a miscarriage which is discarded, I would not be, As infants that never saw light.

Job changes his speech just a tad here: if it’s not possible to erase my creation, why couldn’t I have just died at birth? We see genuine mourning here, but we also see the beginning of impatience in him as well. He is beginning to forget God’s plan in suffering. Not only is this a reminder that even Job doesn’t live a sinless life, it also shows how relatable suffering is across all of humanity.

It’s okay to mourn and lament seasons of deep suffering. In fact it’s healthy to do so. But we shouldn’t forget that God has intentions within that suffering. As broken people, it’s easy to forget the goodness of God in the middle of severe tragedy.

How can you remind yourself of God’s sovereign goodness today, especially if you’re walking through suffering?

God is not stripped of his power, sovereignty, or love because of the depth of our suffering. Rather, he is the only one worth running to when we are out of answers ourselves. Just like Job, we benefit all the more in calling out to God rather than cursing him.

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