"'Why then did you bring me out of the womb? I wish I had died before any eye saw me. If only I had never come into being, or had been carried straight from the womb to the grave!'" NIV translation
Job is now at the bottom of the valley of despair where, once again, he wishes that he had never been born.This depression (lack of hope) is a favorite tool of the devil as he tries to separate us from God and make us feel like we are alone and without hope.
This feeling can be especially bad for the believer as others can make them feel like they are lacking in their faith just because they cannot put a smile on their faces and pretend that everything is just fine. Many times, when there should be a lifting up and reminding the depressed about the hope that we have in Jesus, there is instead an air of judgment.
As we have seen with Job's "friends" so far, they have not comforted him or reminded him of the hope that he has in God.
"'Are not my few days almost over? Turn away from me so I can have a moment's joy before I go to the place of no return, to the land of gloom and utter darkness, to the land of deepest night, of utter darkness and disorder, where even the light is like darkness.'" NIV tarnslation
Job has hit bottom as he asks God to just leave him alone for his last little bit of time before he dies. Job is talking about a place that the Jews called the grave which was a holding place for those that had died before Jesus Christ. Upon His death, Jesus went there to take all who believed in Him to heaven. We know this but Job knew nothing about the promise of Jesus taking away our sins. All that he knew that he could do was to wait and hope in the holding place. Today, the believer that dies on this earth is transported to be with Jesus in heaven while those that have rejected Him go to this holding place (the grave) to wait for judgment.
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