Job 3:1-10 ESV
After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. And Job said:
“Let the day perish on which I was born,
and the night that said,
‘A man is conceived.’
Let that day be darkness!
May God above not seek it,
nor light shine upon it.
Let gloom and deep darkness claim it.
Let clouds dwell upon it;
let the blackness of the day terrify it.
That night—let thick darkness seize it!
Let it not rejoice among the days of the year;
let it not come into the number of the months.
Behold, let that night be barren;
let no joyful cry enter it.
Let those curse it who curse the day,
who are ready to rouse up Leviathan.
Let the stars of its dawn be dark;
let it hope for light, but have none,
nor see the eyelids of the morning,
because it did not shut the doors of my mother’s womb,
nor hide trouble from my eyes.
John Wesley’s commentary on Job chapter 3 states:
…in vain do some endeavour to excuse this and the following speeches of Job, who afterwards is reproved by God, and severely accuseth himself for them, ch. 38:2; 40:4; 13:3-6. And yet he does not proceed so far as to accuse God, but makes the devil a liar: but although he does not break forth into direct reproaches of God, yet he makes indirect reflections upon his providence. His curse was sinful, both because it was vain, being applied to a thing, which was not capable of blessing and cursing, and because it cast blame upon God for bringing that day, and for giving him life on that day.
Job sinned in this and the later speeches he gave, and God ultimately rebuked him because he didn’t really know what he was talking about.
Now that I’ve pointed that out, I want to reiterate that the disasters that befell Job were not God’s punishment for sin, they were the attacks of Satan, who wanted Job to curse God. Even though Job blamed God for all the evil that happened to him, he still held on to his faith that God would ultimately deliver him, and he still held firm to his integrity.
Job was still remainedblameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. This, of course, did not ever mean Job was morally perfect or totally free from sin. Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins (Ecclesiastes 7:20, ESV). Nevertheless, Job’s losses were never the result of God’s wrath, but demonic hatred.
Now I would like to point out what the great man of God did not: Job was in great pain and distress and didn’t have all the facts, so we shouldn’t judge him too harshly.
Yes, he should not have cursed the day of his birth.
Yes, he should not have blamed God for evil.
Yes, he committed sin in this.
However, considering that he had lost everything and was in excessive physical and emotional pain, and considering that he had no idea what had occurred behind the scenes in the spiritual realm, it’s only by the grace of God that he did not curse God. Many 21st century people will curse God for the evil and disasters that happen to other people living on the opposite side of the globe.
Let’s admit that Job wasn’t perfect, but let’s not be too hasty to condemn him (something God never did). Let’s not commit the sin of Job by making God the author of evil. Finally, let’s not commit the sin Satan expected Job to commit, and curse God.