Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived. Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it. (Job 3:3-4)
We see now Job, after the affliction had taken root and he meditated upon his estate. In doing so, he sins in three ways:
- He finds fault that God should have let him be born, questioning God’s sovereign judgment and wisdom.
- Questioning why he, a just man, should be afflicted with such trials.
- Speaking rashly against God without understanding.
We will see God answer each of these sins in his reply later in the book.
It may be asked how it is, in light of these sins, that Satan has not won? While these are sins indeed, It must be understood that Job did not curse God in all of this nor abandon Him. Rather, he seeks answers from Him. The debate God had with Satan was whether Job was a hypocrite. He see here that he is not; he continues to have God in view throughout, though he sinfully approaches Him. Despite the grace that God gives, He allows Job to sin in this way, so that he may later reply to him and show him his dependence upon God.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Prov 9:10). Remember that when God sends affliction to you, you should not question His judgment – as Job did – but rather fear His righteous judgment. In doing so, you will find wisdom.