“For the thing I feared has overtaken me, and what I dreaded has happened to me. I cannot relax or be still; I have no rest, for trouble comes.”
Those are some telling words at the end of Job 3. It’s as if he is saying, “I knew this was going to happen.” That’s a scary way to live. And that explains all his questions in this chapter as he cursed the day he was born. Understandably, he is very down, probably quite depressed. And who could blame him.
Seven of his questions start with the word “why.” When we find ourselves asking why, we most likely need to pause and ask ourselves why are we asking why. In his case, these two verses seem to give us the answer. What he feared has overtaken him, he is weary, he can’t relax. He wants to know why.
Is it possible that God allows these moments in life in order to redirect our fear back to him?
- When we lose that dream job?
- When the “C” word is heard for the second or third time?
- When she means it this time?
- When the last shovel of dirt covers the casket?
Sounds cruel, maybe harsh, even unloving. Yet, by the end of this book, that is the realization Job has come to. His fear of God, his awe was restored as a result of this time in his life. His rest returned when he found the answer to why in the person of God.