Daily Devotions

The arrows of the Almighty are in me!

Job 6:1-4

‘But Job answered and said…: “Oh, that my grief were thoroughly weighed, and my calamity laid together in the balances! For then, it would be heavier than the sand of the sea…. The arrows of the Almighty are within me — the poison of which, my spirit drinks up. The terrors of God set themselves in array against me!”‘ Job 6:1-4.

Vexation is what Eliphaz had reproached Job with (5:2). Job, however, wished that his feelings should be evaluated in connection with his sufferings — so that he could be understood in his complaints.

Job wished his vexation were placed in one scale of the balances, and his grief and calamities in the other — and thoroughly weighed out together. His grief and calamities represent a dreadful yawning gulf. For his suffering was heavier than the unmeasurable weight of the sand of the sea.

So keenly did Job realize the misery and loathsomeness of his state, that he here broke out into a passionate cry for death. His mind passed into a momentary frenzy, and he said he would leap for joy in the midst of unsparing pain — if only it brought death with it!

‘The arrows of the Almighty are within me,’ says Job. The fiery arrows of God’s wrath stuck into Job, so that he felt he was being destroyed by that burning pain.

Job sounded delirious. But he said it is not His afflictions in themselves that terrified him. It was that they came from the God whom Job loved. The arrows of God — all in battle array against him — were the plagues, diseases and pains with which He assailed Job and assails men (Job 16:12).

God’s arrows were felt by Job to be poisoned. His spirit sucked that poison in, and he became enervated and paralyzed..

The ‘terrors of God’ Job perceived as setting themselves in array against him. He saw them as a beleaguering army, composed of ‘terrors’ from God. This refers not merely to Job’s physical pains, but to the perplexing thoughts and fears which they produced in him.

The terrors of God strike down all defence. The wrath of the Almighty is irresistible. The sting of Job’s suffering was the anger of the Lord, which Job’s spirit drank in as if a draught of poison (21:20).

This wrung from him, even from the depth of his soul, the incorrect thought that God has become his enemy. This would then mean Job’s was an endless suffering. That is why he spoke so despondingly.

Job complained: ‘My grief is heavier than the sand of the sea! The arrows of the Almighty are in me!’ But the faithful God had, least of all even then, not deserted him!