Job Chapter Ten, The Depths Of Despair...

In our study of Job chapter ten, we look at the causes and effects of despair as well as seeing how it is prevented in the life of a Christian.

Job 10:1

"'I loathe my very life; therefore I will give free reign to my complaint and speak out in the bitterness of my soul.'" NIV translation

In chapter nine, we saw that Job looked for someone that could stand between God and himself and act as a "go-between" but he did not find anyone that could do so. As a result, we see that Job is feeling what is known as despair which is basically defined as the complete absence of hope. This lack of hope is causing him to not care about his life and to even lodge a complaint against God.

Job 10:2 & 3

"'I say to God: Do not declare me guilty, but tell me what charges you have against me. Does it please you to oppress me, to spurn the work of your hands, while you smile on the plans of the wicked?'" NIV translation

This despair leads Job to basically demand that God explain why He is doing these things to him. Have you ever wondered "why bad things happen to good people"? That is what Job is feeling and wanting to ask God and, since he has no hope of anyone speaking on his behalf, he wants an answer directly from God.

We see that Job is not thinking clearly as his physical suffering and lack of hope has clouded the fact that he is guilty of sin. He has been accused of "major sin" by his friends and he knows that that is not the case but he has lost sight of the fact that ALL sin is detestable to God.

This is a reminder to us that there are appropriate times for debating the finer points of theology but that is not when someone is in the middle of a crisis and suffering. All Job had needed from his friends was a reassurance of hope in the goodness of God but, instead, they tried to give him a lesson in sin and punishment.

As Christians, we must ask ourselves whether we act like Job's friends when we see others in crisis or do we act like Jesus and show them that there is hope.