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.
20 Are not my days [yowm] few [ma`at]? Cease [chadal] [chadal] then, and let me
alone [shiyth] [shiyth], that I may take comfort [balag] a little [ma`at], KJV-Interlinear
20 'Would He not let my few days
alone? Withdraw from me that I may have
a little cheer, NASB
Most people who read the book of Job, relate to his
suffering because they have social problems, marital problems, financial
problems, medical problems, or they are just plain getting old.
Of all of the problems that you can be faced with in
life, most come and go in time, with the exception of old age. You are sort of stuck with that one, as
there is no cure.
In old age, the functions of the body just aren't what
they used to be. Your muscles and joints
ache, your organs don't work quite like they used to, even various problems
such as cancers and things manifest themselves, making life more difficult and
When you are twenty, you are bullet proof and
invincible. You are ready to conquer the
world with both feet leaping toward what you know is 'certain' success.
When you are much, much older, you wonder where all of
that invincibility vanished to, and now your feet are being fitted for a
coffin. A rather disgusting and
Where has time gone?
What has your life come to mean?
What do you have to show for it all?
Most people will look at the things they have
accumulated in life. Their bank
accounts, their investments, their property, their achievements, and so
forth. All things that are temporary
worldly ingredients. And what they
should have been doing all of those years, is reading their Bibles just a few
minutes a day, every day, building up real assets for eternity.
Instead we spend our time checking the pill
Job here, demonstrates to us all, that when life falls
all around you, and your reward is suffering, because that is all this world
will give you, and that is all that whatever you have from this life, really
is, then as you draw nearer to your end, your tears and cries are directed
toward God, to whom you should have been talking all those years.
The plea goes up for just a little break from the
pressures of life. Be those pressures of
a temporary nature, or some of a more permanent nature.
But here again, most people focus on their problems,
rather than on the solution.
When you whine and cry over the spilled milk in your
life, that really isn't going to get it back for you. Better to clean up the mess and go get some
more milk, using a little more care this time, so you don't spill any more.
And that is the lesson we should all learn. As long as you are alive and breathing, God
has a plan for your life. You access His
plan by getting started in your daily study of His word. Whining gets you nothing. Whining is just another excuse for doing
It doesn't matter whether you have hours, years, or
decades to live. Your genuine attitude is what counts.
Gods plan for you, is to grow up in your spiritual
life. You provide the positive attitude,
and God will do the rest. Everything,
repeat, everything else in life is nothing more than peripheral details.
To ask God to withdraw, in order for you to have some
peace and relief is a contradiction of truth.
God is the source of peace and security, and happiness. If God were to withdraw, then your misery
would increase out of control exponentially.
But as Job states here, for our benefit, most folks
ask for the wrong things. 'God, please
leave me alone,' is the worst possible prayer that anyone could have. 'God, please help,' is a much better approach
The next two verses will make this very, very clear.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.