"'When I lie down I think, "How long before I get up?" The night drags on, and I toss and turn until dawn. My body is clothed with worms and scabs, my skin is broken and festering. My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and they come to an end without hope.'" NIV translation
Job continues to describe his suffering and speaks of the fact that he cannot even escape by going to sleep at night. It seems that he had dreams and visions at night that scared him and this lack of sleep can make problems even worse. Here, he sees his life coming to a swift end, just as cloth was made quickly with the aid of a weaver's shuttle, with no hope of being cured. The word that is translated as "hope" is the Hebrew word "tiqvah" which literally refers to a cord or rope.
We are all familiar with people using a safety rope (lifeline) so that they can be pulled out of a situation by others if it gets too dangerous. Here, Job is basically saying that he is going through this without any rope (lifeline) and we are reminded that he is still talking to his friends that he thought were coming to comfort him.
We are also reminded of the fact that Satan was behind this attack on Job and this is one of his favorite tactics for attacking men. Job felt like he was completely alone (without a lifeline) and we get the picture of a wolf scattering a flock of sheep in order to isolate one from the others. This isolation can bring on a growing sense of depression which is what was happening with Job.
If unchecked, this depression can lead to the thought that there "is nothing to lose" and even to desiring death.
What would have happened, in this story, if Job's friends would have came and reassured him that he was not alone? What if they had reminded him that he was one of God's people and that God had promised to be with him?
We will never know but we are reminded of the fact that, as Christians, we have this same opportunity. When we see fellow Christians involved in hard times (whether they are physical, mental, or spiritual), we can be there to remind them that Jesus is their "lifeline" and that He is with them. We can be like the first line of defenses against the attacks of the devil for our fellow Christians or, like Job's friends, we can be used by the devil to make the situation worse. It is like the old saying "If you are not a part of the solution, then, you are a part of the problem.".