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Job 6:10



10 Then should I yet have comfort [nechamah]; yea, I would harden [calad] myself in sorrow [chiyl]: let him not spare [chamal]; for I have not concealed [kachad] the words ['emer] of the Holy One [qadowsh]. KJV-Interlinear



10 'But it is still my consolation, And I rejoice in unsparing pain, That I have not denied the words of the Holy One. NASB

Unsparing pain is that which eventually leads to death. Job is certain that this is what he has.

He has lead a long life, with children and success, and now it has all been taken away. Even his health seems to be terminal. At least, that is what Job thinks for the moment.

His comfort? That he has maintained his integrity throughout his life, throughout his loss of family and wealth, and even now throughout his personal physical pain and suffering.

He never cried like a baby. He did not scream and yell at those around him. He did not make up excuses, or issue criticisms, or cry out those infamous words, 'Why?' or 'Why me?'

And most of all, Job did not blame God, he did not criticize God, he did not question God, he did not second guess God. Nor has he done anything like any of these, thus far.

Job has maintained his poise throughout, without whining over his misfortune. And his misfortune has been dramatically severe.

Job presumes that God has a purpose for his present demise. He does not understand it fully, but he is accepting it.

There is no cure for his malady. There is no medicine that he can take, no treatment that someone can perform for him. His condition is beyond human help. He has been devastated in every way possible, as his entire life has literally collapsed right in front of his eyes, and there was nothing he could have done to prevent or alter the disasters.

So, how many of us face disasters of galactic proportions? Someone has burned the toast, broken a finger nail, gotten a flat tire, broke something, had a divorce, been laid off, been in an accident, lost our health, lost our wealth, lost someone close, and on and on. And what is usually the first things out of our mouths?

Curse, curse, curse! Curse this or that. Curse God. Curse anyone close. Blame a family member. Blame someone, anyone. A little more cursing, just for effect.

Most of our situations won't come close to that of Job's, but even if they do, what is our reaction? He had maggot-infested sores all over his body. Rather disgusting and repulsive. Have you ever had that kind of illness?

I would presume that if you are reading this, that you have a computer, and internet access. Unless of course someone has printed this off for you. I presume that most of you live in a home of some type and not under a bridge, that you have access to transportation to get you to and from where ever you need to be, that you have an income, a social life of some type, that you own a television, a radio and many more things. I would presume that you are not quite in the same category of impoverishment and misery as Job.

And so what is the basis for your complaint? What is your real excuse?

Sure you have health issues, you can't pay all of your bills, you can't buy the things that you would like to buy for your family or yourself. We all have those problems. That is part of life, and we are all in that fix more often than we would like to be.

Do we blame our spouses, or family, or life in general? Do we blame God? Do we sit in the corner and blabber and cry and make a scene like a two year old? Why me? Why me? Boohoo! Boohoo! Scream and yell to get our way, or just to make everyone else miserable. Might as well share our misery.

Or do we grow up and look at life as Job did?

Job is in real pain and it is nothing like anything that anyone has ever had. Therefore, his expectations of imminent death are reasonable. Most of us, when we are hurting emotionally, aren't bleeding all over the place, our bones are not broken. Our feelings are however hurt. So are we about to die? Probably not.

Not to say that you can have a very bad disease, or you could have been in an accident and really are hurting, maybe even paralyzed. But if you are reading or hearing this, then you must still be alive.

If you are alive, then God has a plan for your life. And his plan is far better than you are giving him credit for.

Can you click your heels and make everything better instantly. Probably not. But what you do, is get your thinking on track, continue to study your Bible day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, and sooner or later you will look back on today, or your former life, and thank God that you are still alive and far better off than you ever were.

Gods plan for you is unique. If you are alive, then His plan for you can be fulfilled, but only if you get your spiritual act together.

Job was faithful to God even when his life was apparently hanging in the balance. Job did not know if he was going to be around an hour from now, but he still looked to God for whatever was to come.

God does not rely on any human means to fulfill His plans. Once we realize that, then we can begin growing up. Or you can just whine your life away.

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