Focus Scripture: Job 3:3-7
Job is one of my favorite books. The early chapters of Job are familiar: Job is a great guy. He is righteous. Satan and God have a conversation in which God brags of Job's righteousness. Satan response that the only reason Job is righteous is that he has never been tested. God tells Satan to test Job. Job's first response is "the Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the Lord." Satan says God is still protecting Job. God replies that Satan can test him further. Job is miserable. Even his wife says it's time to curse God. But instead Job curses the day he was born, the night he was conceived.
And that's the part that I want to focus on today. Job curses the day he was born. "That day—may it turn to darkness; may God above not care about it; may no light shine on it." What is fascinating is that the day is not in the past. But rather the day exists now, to be cursed now and in the future. "May it turn to darkness," is not something you say about a day that is over and done. To Job and the writers of Job, that day still existed to be curses, to have the sun shine or not. How can that be?
It is often said that God is outside of time and that all time, the past, the present and the future all exist in God at the same time. While I have trouble imagining that, the author of Job, Job as presented in the book, must see time as existing, past and future, together. Otherwise, how could Job curse a day in the past, asking that the past become a day without sun?
What would in mean in your life if God holds all time as if it all exists now?