In Job Chapter 6, Job responds to his friend Eliphaz, wishing he hadn’t cursed God earlier. Job seems to believe that if he only had more faith in God, he might have a little bit of joy in his life despite his intense suffering. In Chapter 7 Job responds to God.
“’…so I have been allotted months of futility, and nights of misery have been assigned to me. When I lie down I think, ‘How long before I get up?’ The night drags on, and I toss till dawn. My body is clothed with worms and scabs, my skin is broken and festering.’” – Job 7:3-5
Every day people today ask this same question as they suffer in pain of some kind. Sometimes that pain can be relieved and the individual can be helped. In some case, the pain is terminal and the person is simply waiting to die. Again having more faith in God changes none of this. There is no evidence that prayer and faith helps someone overcome a medical issue. See links below for real studies showing lack of healing due to prayer.
The second link is an article that does find a study showing some benefits from praying. However, the same article finds other studies that provide no benefits and/or studies showing a negative outcome from praying. In other words, there is no conclusive evidence that praying helps.
Let’s see what else Job has to say. He argues for a bit that he has no hope of recovery before his death and says:
“’Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out in anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.’” – Job 7:11
Is Job finally growing a backbone? Is he fighting back against God? It appears so, but let’s not hold our breath on this continuing.
“’I despise my life; I would not live forever.’” – Job 7:16
The good news for Job is God limited the life of man to 120 years (Genesis 6). God, however, changed his mind in later Genesis chapters, allowing humans after the flood to live longer than 120 years. So maybe this isn’t good news for Job after all as God has been known to change His mind. 🙂
“’If I have sinned, what have I done to you, O watcher of men? Why have you made me your target? Have I become a burden to you?’” – Job 7:20
Job asks excellent questions. Will he ever receive an answer? Maybe later chapters of Job will tell us.
What did we learn from Chapter 7? Not much, unfortunately. Job does become more forceful towards God and asks some very damning questions. There really is no reason God is doing this to Job other than God falling for Satan’s trap in the early chapters of Job. But how does the Creator of all, including Satan, fall for a trap set by one of His creations? Definitely not an all-powerful God by any means begging the question of why we are asked to place so much faith in Him.
Coming Soon: Job – Chapter 8: Bildad