Today, we’ll see look at the biblical balance to Solomon’s bleak outlook on life and death. (Actually, one more cloudy day before we get to the sunny side.)
Job 3:1-13 After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day. (2) And Job spake, and said, (3) Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived. (4) Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it. (5) Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it. (6) As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months. (7) Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein. (8) Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning. (9) Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; let it look for light, but have none; neither let it see the dawning of the day: (10) Because it shut not up the doors of my mother’s womb, nor hid sorrow from mine eyes. (11) Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly? (12) Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck? (13) For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest,
Jer 20:14-18 Cursed be the day wherein I was born: let not the day wherein my mother bare me be blessed. (15) Cursed be the man who brought tidings to my father, saying, A man child is born unto thee; making him very glad. (16) And let that man be as the cities which the LORD overthrew, and repented not: and let him hear the cry in the morning, and the shouting at noontide; (17) Because he slew me not from the womb; or that my mother might have been my grave, and her womb to be always great with me. (18) Wherefore came I forth out of the womb to see labour and sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?
Down in the Valley
In today’s reading, you’ve seen that Job and Jeremiah came to points in their lives where they agreed with Solomon. Their sorrows and sufferings overwhelmed them. They came to the point where, like him, they thought it would have been better to never have been born.
They aren’t the only ones who despaired of life in the face of unbearable hardship. Moses, Elijah, Paul, men of God who desparied of life itself. Yet the difference between them and Solomon was that he wasn’t under the cloud of suffering. The other men came though their hardships by God’s grace and went on to walk with Him. Solomon had been blessed by God, had everything the world had to offer, and yet he envied the non-living.
What About You?
- Are you hardships giving you a negative view of life?