How much does grief weigh?

Job Bible Background

06.25.2018 – Old Testament: Job 6.1–4

To read the Bible in a year, read Job 4–6 on June 25, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

When you lose everything, and most of the people who worked for you are killed, and all of your children are killed, and you lose your health, how deep is your grief? If you only experienced one of those calamities, how much would the sorrow eat at your soul? Job said to his friends:

“Oh, that my grief were fully weighed,
And my calamity laid with it on the scales!
For then it would be heavier than the sand of the sea—
Therefore my words have been rash.
For the arrows of the Almighty are within me;
My spirit drinks in their poison;
The terrors of God are arrayed against me.”
(Job 6.1–4)

Considering all that happened to Job, and although his friends grieved with him initially, but then they blamed him for his losses, you can understand his words quoted above. How heavy is the sand of the sea? I have no doubt that his grief outweighed the weight of the sand of the sea.

He acknowledged that his words had been rash, recorded in chapter 3 for us. However, he wanted his friends to understand that the pain he experienced was like God shooting him with poisoned arrows. Of course, Job may have said words rashly. Who would not? Yet, as the debate raged, they did not contemplate what he said about his grief.

Questions:

  • How do you treat others who suffer greatly and then say things that they should not?
  • When you suffer, what do you want others to say or to do to you?

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