Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not. (Job 14: 1-2)
Job captures in today’s chapter an important truth about the nature of man: his finitude. God is infinite, having no beginning nor end, he is not bound by time nor space, indeed He is “beyond measure” (Psalm 147:5).
Man, on the other hand, has “few days” and is bound by the circumstances around him of time, space, etc. Man is finite. Part of man’s sin is to neglect this fact by thinking himself infinite, perfect, indestructable (on the one hand), or thinking his world as the full measure of the world (on the other hand). Both are subjects of the sin of pride: man trying to be like God. It is when man is most humbled from this fact that he recognizes his need for God. James Durham comments:
There is nothing so abases man, and heightens God, nor puts man to make use of a Mediator, than the sense of that corruption of nature that man brings with him in the world. This humbled David (Psa. 51) and Paul (Rom. 7, Eph. 2). He lays out this to make the righteousness of Christ to be welcomed. And the reason of the pride of nature is the ignorance of folk’s original condition; the want of the sense of our loathsomeness and uncleanness makes us so securely pass over our time, as if we could plead with God.
We must always humble ourselves before the Lord always. Hear the example of the Psalmist:
Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me. (Psalm 131:1)