Job’s Despair

Handwritten page from the book of Job chapter 16 verse 7 through chapter 18 verse 1
Job 16:7-18:1

Synopsis     Job 16:7-18:1     6/15/2021 

After Eliphaz spoke, Job responded. In this speech, he castigated his friends. Not only had they not comforted him, but they also spoke simpleminded untruths about God.  

The pain of his suffering combined with the pain of his useless friends overwhelmed Job. And so, he looked forward to death as his only relief from the suffering.  

Job’s Despair 

Job asked rhetorically, “Where then is my hope?” He no longer looked forward to anything in life except the relief of death.  

Despair 

Suffering in the absence of meaning is humanly unacceptable.  

Perhaps for this reason, Jesus told his disciples to expect trouble. But He also encouraged them by pointing out that He had overcome the world. Their suffering was not arbitrary. 

Our suffering is not arbitrary. It is filled with meaning.  

“And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.” Matt 10:28 

June 15, 2021

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