Read Job 6
Focus on verses 8-9
A person in despair is a person who has lost hope. When one has lost hope the sleep of death sometimes appears appealing as the shortest, if not the only route, to relief from the agony of the despair of the moment. “Oh that God would be pleased to crush me.” In other words, “Just kill me now and put me out of my misery.” This is Job’s honest plea in the midst of his despair. Unfortunately the friends who have come to console him have instead pushed him over the edge with their counsel.
Job is a man who has lost everything material. He has lost his wealth. He has lost his health. He has lost the confidence of his friends. He has lost hope, and seems to be losing the will to continue living.
Job is making the mistake here that many people make as they travel the road of life. On the road of life we often encounter a variety of conditions, obstacles and adventures. There are times when the road is smooth and clear and the experience is awesome, encouraging and uplifting. There are other times, when we have to travel in the dark of night through difficult conditions and a variety of road hazards. Occasionally we end up stuck in a hole or a ditch in the dark wondering if we will live to see the light of day. The point at which we are stuck in dark hole waiting to be rescued is not a good time to try to look around and evaluate how we are doing. The time to look back and assess our progress is when we find ourselves on high ground with good visibility in the light of day.
The way out of despair is typically not found in analyzing the depressing nature of our dark and dismal surroundings. The way out of despair is found more effectively when we focus on the Light. “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5) Jesus called Himself the “light of the world”. When we invite the light of Jesus into our darkness, the darkness must recede. Darkness can only exist in the absence of light. Similarly despair can only exist in the absence of hope. If we can trust God to inject even a little bit of hope into our darkness, it gives us that ray of light to focus on that might just help us find our way back out of the pit of despair.