Daily Devotions

Comfort — if God would only cut me off!

Job 6:8-10

‘Oh, that…God would grant me the thing I long for! Even that it would please God to destroy me — that He would let loose His hand and cut me off! Then I would still have comfort. Yes, I would harden myself in sorrow. Let Him not spare!’ Job 6:8-10.

It was the deepest wish of Job’s heart, to be liberated from that awful sickness. Even if only by means of death!

Job now expected nothing more from this present life. He then had no other thought, than that death should take him. And the sooner, the better!

So keenly did Job realize the loathsomeness of his sufferings, that he broke out into a passionate cry for death — which he called the thing he longed for. His comfort or consolation that he would have in death, is the only thing he then sought.

Job felt that nothing would then impair his comfort or mar his joy. After death, he could rejoice again. For he had never denied or disobeyed the words or commands of the Holy God.

Perhaps Job thought his friends suspected him of acting from some ulterior motive. But his words here emphatically show how fearlessly he looked at death.

Job had never denied God. It was his consolation, in death, that he had never disobeyed the words of the Almighty.

The Patriarch Job was rightly referring to death as the end of his suffering. He desired and even expected it. He asked of God: ‘Let Him loosen His hand — and cut me off!’

Let God cut off my thread of life! Let Him stretch out His hand, and loosen what was hitherto bound!

Not having disowned the words of the Holy God, would be Job’s consolation in the midst of death. This consciousness of his integrity — is throughout the whole book Job’s shield and defence. ‘My comfort that I would exult, is that I have not disowned the words of the Holy One.’

Yet Job did not for one moment believe that ‘Random rules!’ God alone had life and death in His hand. Job trusted his hope would still be fulfilled — by God withdrawing His hand, cutting off his soul from his body, and being his desire even after his death. Job may well have been miserable. But he was not guilty!

Job desired to die. Yet that death was not his consolation. In his death, it was his comfort that he could die with a good conscience. ‘I would still have comfort!’ For, jumping with joy in all his pain — Job would still rejoice he had not denied the Lord’s Commandments when He cut him off!