Life Is Hard Work

To read the Bible in a year, read Job 7–9.
Job answered his friend Eliphaz, explaining that life is hard work, “Is there not a time of hard service for man on earth? Are not his days also like the days of a hired man? Like a servant who earnestly desires the shade, And like a hired man who eagerly looks for his wages, so I have been allotted months of futility, and wearisome nights have been appointed to me” (Job 7:1–3). He put in his time of hard labor, and like the hired man, Job looked for his wages. He lived life to the fullest, giving it his best, and then he just wanted to die to receive his wages. He explained and showed Eliphaz the misery Job received instead of wages, “When I lie down, I say, ‘When shall I arise, and the night be ended?’ For I have had my fill of tossing till dawn. My flesh is caked with worms and dust, My skin is cracked and breaks out afresh. My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are spent without hope. Oh, remember that my life is a breath! My eye will never again see good. The eye of him who sees me will see me no more;
while your eyes are upon me, I shall no longer be. As the cloud disappears and vanishes away, so he who goes down to the grave does not come up. He shall never return to his house, nor shall his place know him anymore” (Job 7:4–10). Job told Eliphaz things he may not have known, such as seeking peace in sleep, but not finding it, wondering when the morning would come. Job showed Eliphaz the condition of his body, which showed that his life was about to end, he just wanted it to end without delay, because it was obvious that he had no hope. Could not Eliphaz see that these things were so? Have compassion on your friend.
Has a friend suddenly done things or said things that you think do not characterize the kind of person he has been? Do not attack right away, but have some compassion and see what you can do to help your friend.

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