Job Chapter Three, If Only...

In our study of Job chapter three, we see the depths of his sorrow as he wishes that he had never even been born. In this, we will see how the indirect attacks from Satan can be even tougher to bear than the physical.

Job 3:1 - 3

"After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. He said: 'May the day of my birth perish, and the night that said, "A boy is conceived!"'" NIV translation

The "After this" refers to the seven days of sitting silently with his three friends as they all mourned his situation. His friends had never seen him as a poor man sitting in a heap of trash as they knew that he had been a very rich man. Though no words were said, you can imagine the air of judgment as his friends would have been sure that he had brought this on himself through sin. This same sort of thing happens even today among Christians as we may see a brother or sister that is struggling and automatically assume that their situation is due to a "hidden sin".

Many of us have probably heard a teenager say something like: "I wish I had never been born." and many of us, as adults, may have said the same thing. Job goes there with the "If only I had never been born" attitude. He goes so far as to say that he wished that he had never even lived a second as he speaks of being conceived. 

This is just a little reminder to all of us that, real life begins at that moment that is commonly called conception.

Job 3:4 - 7

"'That day - may it turn to darkness; may God above not care about it; may no light shine on it. May gloom and utter darkness claim it once more; may a cloud settle over it; may blackness overwhelm it. That night - may thick darkness seize it; may it not be included among the days of the year nor be entered in any of the months. May that night be barren; may no shout of joy be heard in it.'" NIV translation

Job goes on to wish that the joy of creating a new life be removed and even the very day and night forgotten by God. We see how torn up the man is and the fact that he is walking a very fine line and yet he still does not curse God as the devil wanted. He wishes that he had never been born but he does not blame God for the day.