Job Chapter Ten part 3, A study of Job 10:8 - 12 and Job 10:13 & 14 featuring our Common Man's Commentary

Job 10:8 - 12

"'Your hands shaped me and made me. Will you now turn me to dust again? Did you not pour me out like milk and curdle me like cheese, clothe me with skin and flesh and knit me together with bones and sinews? You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit.'" NIV translation

Job remembers the fact that God is the Creator of all things but he begins to question whether God will continue to watch over him or not. It is good to remember that God is the Creator but we must also remember that He is our Sustainer and nothing would continue unless it was allowed by Him. Job is in this deep valley of despair because he has forgotten the fact that, as God's children, He is there with us in every situation and struggle that we face.

Job 10:13 & 14

"'But this is what you concealed in your heart, and I know that this was in your mind: If I sinned, you would be watching me and would not let my offense go unpunished.'" NIV translation

It seems like the devil has Job right where he wants him as Job begins questioning the motives and goodness of God. This is a religious attitude and many people still see God in this manner today. There are many religious people that see God as someone that is constantly watching them and ready to beat them down because of the fact that they do not measure up to the standards set by God. The fact of the matter is that we do not have to live up to the standard as Jesus has already done that on our behalf. When we forget that, we too can end up in the valley of despair and begin to question the very nature of God. Like Job, that is exactly where the devil wants us to be.

This is a reminder to us that religion will not prepare you to face the struggles of this life. It is only through a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ that we will be able to hold tight to His goodness instead of slipping into the valley of despair.