"I waste away; I will not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are but a breath." (Job 7:16 NASB)
As Job lie on his mat (bed) wasting away, three friends came to “comfort him”. For one full week, they mourned with Job and remained silent before him. This first full week (having his friends present) was probably a week of encouragement for him. He had lost everything. His children had died, his livestock was gone, his land was ruined and his wife had chastised him for retaining his integrity and steadfast love for the Lord! Now, his three friends (after a full week of silence) finally unload on Job. They remind him that God “doesn’t punish” the innocent; he had surely fallen into iniquity and wasn’t willing to repent. Therefore, God was punishing him.
This was the furthest thing from the truth! Job was enduring the attacks of Satan; and God had allowed it! Sometimes we think we are doing others a good thing by offering our opinions to our friends when they are going through some difficult trial or hardship, but many times we do more harm than good. This was the case for Job and his friends. Job’s response says it all. All people are wasting away. Sin has a hold on our mortal bodies. None of us will make it out of here alive. This is why we need Jesus so desperately!
Our days are but a breath! Therefore, let us remain steadfast in our love for God and our love for others! May we understand that we are here for only a short time, so let us run with endurance the race that is set before us!
Jason Sheffstall - Lead Pastor - StoneBridge Baptist Church