Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Better off Dead

We find Job in chapter 2 verses 11-13 visited by his friends. He must have been in a bad way. These friends barely recognize him and all of them sit in silence for three days. Imagine a time when things seem so bad that all you can do is pause....

....when you're so stuck that all you can do is "be" and the only reason you're doing that is because you can't "not be." Job would prefer to "not be." After three days, Job finally speaks, and for all of chapter 3 he curses the day he was born. He has finally assessed his situation and determined that he would have been better off having never been born. He still refuses to curse God, but listen to this. "Why is light given to those in misery, and life to the bitter of soul, to those who long for death that does not come, who search for it more than for hidden treasure, who are filled with gladness and rejoice when they reach the grave? Why is life given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in?"

Quite an eternal question. I've heard many people raise the same question. Why would we even bring children into this world questions, or I don't even know why we're here any more questions. Job wanted to know why we were even created if our lives were destined for so much pain and sorrow. This is the same theological question that seems to prevent so many athiest thinkers from considering the Judeo-Christian God.

Luckily for Job his friends are there, maybe they will give him a good answer.

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