When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaints; Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions: So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life. (Job 7:13-15)
In today’s reading, Job continues explaining his desire for death while still vindicating himself from the charge of hypocrisy laid on him by Eliphaz.
He argues first that every man has a task in this life from which they will see a reward. He sees that he has toiled in his life and sees no more reward ahead of him; thus, death ought to come soon (v.4).
Secondly, he argues that his physical condition points toward his imminent death (v.6). In this, he speaks more freely of his inward feelings; as he sees death approaching, he uses this as ground for liberty.
Thirdly, since death is necessary for all creatures and he no longer can find pleasure in this world, death necessarily is upon him (v.12).
From there, Job reveals a grain of truth about the grace of God. In vv.17-18, he grants that God is with man, graciously and providentially giving him all that he needs. However, Job finds that man is insufficient to bear either the glory of God’s good provision nor the weight of his affliction.
Finally, Job complains throughout the chapter that there is no comfort for him here in this world. In this, he speaks much wisdom. James Durham comments on this chapter as follows:
Folks often seek and think to find satisfaction in creature comforts, in their bed and board, and such like, as Job did, but find them blasted when they come to them. Creature-comforts are disappointing; when we seek help in the creatures and means, God lets us find them broken cisterns. Our bed cannot ease us. Seek rest in him where only it is to be found.