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3 So am I made to possess [nachal] months [yerach] of vanity [shav'], and wearisome [`amal]
nights [layil] are appointed [manah] to me.
4 When I lie down [shakab], I say ['amar], When shall
I arise [quwm], and the night [`ereb] be gone [middad]? and I am
full [saba`] of tossings to and fro [nadud] unto the dawning of the day [nesheph]. KJV-Interlinear
3 So am I allotted months of vanity, And nights of trouble
are appointed me. 4 'When I lie down I
say, 'When shall I arise?' But the night continues, And I am continually
tossing until dawn. NASB
his life, Jobs days were full of activity and prosperity. He could come and go as he pleased, and
engage in various daily activities of business, social, and private life.
now, his days were filled with emptiness.
He was sick to the max and did not feel like doing anything. He probably couldn't do anything, because he
was so disease riddled.
months now, Job has probably been ill, and that is all he sees in the remainder
of his life, many more months of an empty life.
That is what vanity is, emptiness, nothingness, or uselessness. When one cannot accomplish anything in life,
then their life is vanity, empty.
said it best, 'Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.' Of course, Solomon was referring to the
activities in this world. Job is
referring to the absence of activities in his life.
only could Job not do anything productive, but he couldn't even get a good
nights sleep. He would toss and turn,
get up and lay down. He would move
around, fidgeting in his restlessness.
many days now, Job has been miserable, and that is all that he sees as being
the nature of his remaining life.
Instead of getting a good nights sleep, morning would come and he would
be even more tired than the day before.
sick and restless disrupts the normal pattern of ones life. This is not how life was designed.
the normal course of life, one works or plays, or is active during the course
of the day, and then rests at night. The next day brings a new set of
activities, which you can accomplish because you have received a good nights
sleep. And so, life is repeated day
after day, night after night. We work,
we play, we sleep.
is the normal course of life.
spiritual lesson in all of this is in the repetitive normalcy of the activities
we engage in during the day, and the relief that God brings to us during the
night. No matter what kind of life you
lead, sooner or later you will get tired and you will go to sleep.
asleep, all of your worries and cares are still there in the world, but to you,
they all disappear for the time being.
In sleep, we receive a brief but needed release from the burdens of the
world. When we awake, then we can deal
with life with renewed energy.
we get sick, then the normal becomes the abnormal. Life becomes disrupted. Everything becomes topsy-turvy. You do not get the needed rest for doing the
things you like to do, or have to do.
You are miserable, and misery is never any fun.
your spiritual life is the normal course of ones life. This is what God has designed for each one of
us. Activity and rest, activity and
rest. This brings health and vigor into
your life. This is the nature of the
your spiritual life and replacing it with your own version of life style, is
the abnormal course of life. In your
version of life, there is no rest, no relief, no blessing of a good nights
sleep. Your life will be filled with
miseries of one type or another. And
certainly from time to time, you can deal with the problems of life, but
eventually it will all come down on your head.
That moment may be the moment of your death or the time of some
disaster. But regardless of the
circumstance of the final blow of your life, a life without God and doctrine is
tantamount to a sleepless, restless night.
sees his life, at the moment, as being a total waste. But nothing in life happens by accident, even
illness. Jesus Christ controls
history. God gives us all a sickness in
order to help us learn the miseries of the abnormal side of life.
you had never had a headache, then how could you understand the disruptions it
causes in ones concentration and activities in life? If you have never been dog sick, then how
could you understand how others feel when they are really sick.
not only learn a great deal of doctrine by studying the Bible, but God also
gives you learning experiences in real life situations. You will meet people who are jerks. You will meet people who will try to take
advantage of you. Of the four biggest
areas of testing you will face in life, your own volition, people, systems of
bureaucracies, and disasters, the latter three you have no control over whatsoever.
world is the devils world, but it is also our spiritual training ground. This is the application aspect of our
spiritual life. We study the Bible, we
learn its principles, and we apply them to our everyday life.
as we repeat this learning process, we begin to understand life, and that
understanding develops into wisdom.
may make many mistakes along the way, but so what. If you stick with your studies, then the
restlessness of life will fade within your relaxed soul.
the midst of the storms of life, God can bring you inner peace. He does this through His written Word.
the storms go away? Not in this life,
but being able to deal with them will give you an even greater life than you
can imagine. And, this is only one aspect
of the many things, which God has waiting for you in your spiritual life.
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