In our study of Job chapter seven, we look at the fact that, even when things in our life are at their worst, we still have something very important that we can lose. Can you guess what that is? (Hint: it is not our salvation)
"'Do not mortals have hard service on earth? Are not the days like those of hired laborers? Like a slave longing for the evening shadows, or a hired laborer waiting to be paid, so I have been allotted months of futility, and nights of misery have been assigned to me.'" NIV translation
Job continues to address his "friends" as we remember that they had questioned his integrity and accused him of hiding his sin. This assumption was based on their observations about his current physical state. The Hebrew word for integrity is "tummah" and it basically means innocence or blamelessness and we are reminded of the fact that God had described Job as "blameless" or a man of integrity (see Job 1:1).
The idea of innocence and being blameless brings to mind the fact that there must be someone or something that makes a judgment concerning this state. In chapters 4 & 5, Eliphaz had made the judgment that Job did not have integrity and this was, in effect, idolatry as he had elevated himself to the place of judgment which is reserved for God.
Here, Job's answer reminds them that all men have to face daily struggles and the fact that a man is facing a struggle does not mean that he lacks integrity.
In his answer, Job seems to be accepting the fact that the struggle that he is facing is a normal part of life as he compares it to the life of a slave or a paid working man. In effect, he was reminding his friends of the fact that toil and struggles are a normal part of life for all men as a direct result of Adam and Eve's fall in the garden.
So, what does all of this have to do with our lives today? Even as Christians, we may fall into the same trap that Job's friends did where we judge someone's relationship with God (integrity) based on their current circumstances. Let us be reminded of the fact that we were all without integrity until it was granted to us through the blood of Jesus Christ.