Vs. 15, “so that I prefer strangling and death, rather than this body of mine.” Remember this: Job did not know what was going on and why this was happening to him. We have the luxory of knowing why Job was suffering. Unlike his friends who were misunderstanding him, it’s as if Job knows he doesn’t have to sugarcoat his feelings with God. He is pouring out his heart and sees life as futile. We know Job’s physical boils and sores are not life-threatening, but Job doesn’t know this. No wonder why his speech is that of a man who is nearing physical death.
Regarding application…Why God? That is the proverbial question of life. Why is this happening? What did I do? Why me? But as we are learning…it’s not necessarily because we’ve done something wrong. Some of the most powerful testimonies are those who have endured extreme hardships. Throughout the bible we are given story after story of people who have endured for the sake of the Lord. The writer of Hebrews gives us some detail of who some of these people are and what they endured. I encourage you to read Hebrews chapter 11 today too. Think about it this way: No one is impressed by someone who is successful because they lived a priviledged life and given everything. But, tell a story of someone who had nothing and yet made their life something and you’ve got a biography best seller or a blockbuster movie! I don’t have the answers why…I don’t think any of us do. God is God…we are His creation. We have to trust in the Lord.