You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
8 Oh that I might have [bow'] my request [sha'elah]; and
that God ['elowahh] would grant [nathan] me the thing that I long for [tiqvah]!
9 Even that it would please [ya'al] God ['elowahh] to destroy [daka'] me; that he would let loose [nathar] his hand [yad], and cut me
8 'Oh that my request might come to pass, And that God would
grant my longing! 9 'Would that God were willing to crush me; That He would
loose His hand and cut me off! NASB
has suggested that death is the final punishment for those who live outside of
Gods will. Job reiterates his desire to
Job had wished that he had never been conceived. That of course could not happen because here
he is. He also had wished that he could
have died prior to his birth. That too,
could not happen. He wished for death to
follow his birth, but alas, here he is nearly a hundred years old.
is hurting badly. His life has fallen
apart and even his wife criticizes him.
he wishes, even prays that God will cut him loose from his misery and from this
life, so that he can move on to the next life, but better yet, so he can escape
his present misery. His present misery
is all he is thinking about, not Gods intent for his life.
of folks probably have this wish when life seems to be falling apart on
them. It is not an uncommon desire. But note, Job does not consider suicide. He is still placing his life in Gods hands
for Gods disposition.
is willing to crush him, so why not just end it all? Give Job a break and just snatch his soul
right out of his body and then everyone can go home.
that too is not to be.
long as we are alive, God has a plan for our lives. Gods plan is greater than
anything in creation. Gods plan is
greater than all of the blessings of this world. Gods plan is certainly greater than all of
the miseries in this world.
wish for your life to end, even when you are under horrendous pressures, means
that you are willing to give up on something better than you can possibly
imagine. This would be like a player
struggling through a championship game, with the score tied in the final
seconds. And then giving up because the
pressure is too great. Would you let the
world defeat you when your win is certain?
Would you quit a game when God is going to make that guaranteed winning
score for you?
created the universe? Who created the
angels? Who created humanity? Who created you? Do we know anything about life that might
indicate that God is pretty smart? What
with molecules, DNA, galaxies, animal and plant life galore, atoms, and other
really small things? If God can do that,
then isn't it just possible, if even remotely, that God might be able to
structure a life for you?
to die is the easy way out. Wanting to
live, now that takes courage. And in
this life, those who pursue their spiritual life, set out on the most
phenomenal adventure imaginable.
will never be on a Hollywood screen, nor in the popular magazines, but your
life in doctrine, is all over heaven.
And there, heaven is filled with the pandemonium of angels cheering with
even your smallest effort to advance in your spiritual life.
you are still alive. You must be if you
are reading this. That means that you
will be a winner of your very own championship game, if you stick it out in
your spiritual life. And the neat thing about that is that all you have to do
is read your studies everyday, keep yourself in fellowship, use Gods principles
to guide your daily life, and wait
will do the rest. And when God,
according to His schedule, sees fit to take you home, then rest assured, He
yes, you still have to get a job and pay your bills and be responsible in
life. None of this moving to the hills,
and sitting on your porch with your hound and moonshine! Unless you are on vacation!!
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.