Job’s Loss #Poetry

job_leon bonnat
Job by Léon Bonnat (1880), Public Domain

Reading about Job
Feel like I can relate
Wasn’t left by his wife
But she rejected him
All the same

He lost his livelihood
Livestock and barns
Consumed
Boils and maladies
Afflicted him

The loss that stung
The most
His daughters and sons
Taken away from him
Gone forever

© 2019 Jason A. Muckley


Job 3:1-6 (NIV) After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. He said:

“May the day of my birth perish,
    and the night that said, ‘A boy is conceived!’
That day—may it turn to darkness;
    may God above not care about it;
    may no light shine on it.
May gloom and utter darkness claim it once more;
    may a cloud settle over it;
    may blackness overwhelm it.
That night—may thick darkness seize it;
    may it not be included among the days of the year
    nor be entered in any of the months.

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6 comments

      • Hi Jason, sorry for the delayed reply. Extremely busy day at work.

        In chapter 38 of Job, God starts to reply to Job.

        If you have read all of Job, you get to this part and it’s almost a very curious thing. (Or it was to me.)

        God doesn’t show sympathy for Job’s loss and suffering. He simply establishes Himself as the great I AM for the next few chapters.

        They are so beautiful, especially in the KJV.

        So God establishes Himself to Job, and then…

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      • … Then you get to chapter 42 and just a few verses in Job sees his absolute reprobate condition in the face of an absolute Holy God and he says,

        “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
        Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”

        Job, a man that “was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil,” even Job, before a Holy Creator God bowed in repentance.

        So my long winded point was that yes Job suffered.

        But he saw God and repented.

        That just moves me.

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