November 1st, 2016
Job Hovered Near Death
Psalm 22:14-15 (KJB) I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
Job does not mince words in describing the dreadful and desperate condition of his physical life. Job’s physical health was rapidly failing. Not only was his health deteriorating, but he had recently faced severe trials and situations in his life. These circumstances served to bring him ever so near the end of having any hope for the future and allowing fear and dread to come to the surface.
Job declared that he was empty: “I am poured out like water…” There remained nothing of substance left inside of him.
Have you ever been to this desperate place in your own life?
Not only was he emptied of self but he physically hurt saying: “all my bones are out of joint…”, “My strength is dried up like a potsherd…”, and “my tongue cleaveth to my jaws…”
You likely have likely uttered a time or two “I feel like death warmed over” when you have felt physically rotten. Therefore, you can relate with Job’s ill malaise and feel as if he had been dropped at death’s door as was “swirling at the drain” of life.
Sometimes the deep physical hurt is because of an injury or physical illness but it can be felt in relation to a desperate spiritual heart condition brewing a sense of darkness and dread to well up inside us.
Job described his softening spiritual condition as this: “my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels…”
Being brought to the end of ourselves and lying at the brink of death seems like a hopeless situation when viewed through the lens of this world.
However, desperate physical and spiritual situations are opportunities for the power and presence of God work.
Job’s desperation was a powerful place for the presence of God to work. God created a great testimony in Job’s life. Job’s health was restored and circumstances of his life became plenteous and profitable both spiritually and physically.