Dave Burnette's Commentary

Job Chapter 7

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Unknown, possibly Job, Moses, Solomon, and Elihu
Date Penned: (2000-1800 BC)
Overview: Faith in God's Sovereignty Through Trials (c 1-42)
Theme: Three Friends Answer Job (c 3-31)
Message: Job Speaks (v 1-21)

Job 7 Commentary

(7:1) Job Speaks to the Lord - Job felt deep anguish and bitterness, and he spoke honestly to God about his feelings to let out his frustrations. If we express our feelings to God, we can deal with them without exploding in harsh words and actions, possibly hurting ourselves and others. The next time strong emotions threaten to overwhelm you, express them openly to God in prayer. This will help you gain an eternal perspective on the situation and give you greater ability to deal with it constructively.

(7:12) Job Questions Living - Job stopped talking to Eliphaz and spoke directly to God. Although Job had lived a righteous life, he was beginning to doubt the value of living in such a way. By doing this, he was coming dangerously close to suggesting that God didn't care about him and was not being fair. Later God reproved Job for this attitude (38:2). Satan always exploits these thoughts to try to get us to forsake God. Our suffering, like Job's, may not be the result of our sin, but we must be careful not to sin as a result of our suffering.

(7:20) Job Questions God's Concern - Job referred to God as a watcher or observer of humanity. He was expressing his feeling that God seemed like an enemy to him--someone who mercilessly watched him squirm in his misery. We know that God does watch over everything that happens to us, but we must never forget that he sees us with compassion, not merely with critical scrutiny. His eyes are eyes of love.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

A Relationship with the Lord

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Job with Chapter 7. In our text today we see Job stopped talking to Eliphaz and talked straight to God. Talking straight to God allowed him to express his feelings directly instead of acting out to others. In making application we see the need to talk to the Lord directly about our relationship to Him. Let Him know how you feel, not for His sake - for He already knows, but for your sake to avoid bitterness, seeking wisdom and guidance from the Lord. How about you? Do you have a relationship with the Lord and tell Him how you feel when going through times of discouragement? Let us learn from our text today and the example Job set before us as he talk to the Lord and had a relationship with Him. 


Job 7

Job 7

 1Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?

 2As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work:

 3So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.

 4When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day.

 5My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome.

 6My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope.

 7O remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no more see good.

 8The eye of him that hath seen me shall see me no more: thine eyes are upon me, and I am not.

 9As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more.

 10He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more.

 11Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

 12Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?

 13When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaints;

 14Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions:

 15So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life.

 16I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity.

 17What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?

 18And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment?

 19How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?

 20I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men? why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself?

 21And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away my iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.