A lonely, cast-aside, boil-infested Job had a slight epiphany while talking to his not-so-helpful friends. He’d been victimized by Satan with God’s permission and was having a hard time keeping his faith.
“My days are numbered and I will be on a path of no return.”
Other than utterly depressing, I keep thinking the quote pretty much sums up anyone’s life. We’re all on a path of no return, it’s called time. The quote is pretty much the dark version of “today is the first day of the rest of your life.”
I find Job’s observation more real though and it is a profound realization that some of us have when confronted with an abyss or the abyss. We’re not sure if we can endure the journey and yet there’s no choice. Time compels us to continue. Though we are beset with constant calamity, most of which we are not aware, there’s nothing we can do to stem the onslaught. We are victims of time.
Out of frustration, Job calls God out and tells Him that he is at the end of his rope.
“Why can’t you just forgive and let me be? Soon you will look for me but I won’t be found.”
Job wants out of his earthly hell and he doesn’t ask a paradise in return. He merely wants God to leave him alone. I imagine this would kind of irk God because God told Satan that Job was upright and faithful. Of course, Satan says “I’d be faithful too if I was as well off as Job.”
So God unleashes Satan to do his worst on poor old Job, taking away his family, his land, his good life. Now Job has had enough and instead of abandoning God, he asks God to abandon him, in a manner of speaking. Job is tired of being a little pawn in God’s chess match with Satan. But Job never denies God or really blames Him for his unjust predicament.
Eventually, Job finally gets his reward with his wife returning, his lands restored and having more children.
Honestly, I still don’t get the point of the story other than it being a flat attempt to justify how the righteous suffer unjustly. Job proves his worth to God but God never really addresses why He did what He did. And I’m sorry, that’s just not fair to Job or us.