God has granted us LIFE, FAVOR and CARE
May 27 Bible Reading: Job Chapters 10-12
“Your hands have made me and fashioned me, an intricate unity; yet You would destroy me. Remember, I pray, that You have made me like clay. And will You turn me into dust again? Did you not pour me out like milk, and curdle me like cheese, clothe me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews? You have granted me life and favor, and Your care has preserved my spirit." (Job 10:8-12)
With the outspokenness that comes from weariness and despair, Job continues his lament and directs it to God. He maintains his innocence: “You know that I am not wicked” (vs. 7). He acknowledges God’s power as Creator, "Your hands have made me and fashioned me" (vs. 8); but with a twist he refers to his life as clay (vs. 9), milk (vs. 10), and a spirit which clothed me with skin and flesh (vs. 11).
One reason that Job was so distressed by what he perceived to be mistreatment by God was that he was certain that he was God’s creation. Like the author of Psalms 139, Job had a keen sense of the handiwork with which God fashioned him in the womb, gave him life, and blessed him. Now he cannot understand how the same good God can treat him so badly!
Harold St. John in his classic book "Job" comments on this paragraph as follows:
"We must not miss this amazing passage in which the Clay expostulates with the Potter and reminds God that in creating man He has assumed responsibilities from which he cannot honorably escape. 10:8. Thy hands made and fashioned me. 10:10. The formation of the physical embryo. 10:11. The growth of skin and flesh and the development of bones and sinews. 10:12. (a) The gift of “soul” with its many-sided expressions and (b) The visitation of God by which man’s highest part, the “spirit,” is conferred and preserved."
However, in spite of his lament Job makes a declarative statement that God has given us life, favor and care through which He has preserved our spirit. When we seek to please God at all times and never let go of mercy and truth, then we will find favor in the sight of God and people. "Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, and so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man" (Prov 3:3-4). Just like Joseph (Gen. 39:4, 21) and Daniel (Dan. 1:9; 10:11), let us also walk closer to God so that we can experience His life, favor and care everyday and every moment in His presence.