Friday, January 07, 2011

Convo with Pastor - Job 10:20-22

"Let me alone,
that I may find a little comfort 
before I go, never to return,
to the land of gloom and deep darkness, 
the land of gloom and chaos,
where light is like darkness."
Job 10:20-22
Job is having a bad day -- needless to say. And needless to say, this is one of scriptures most vivid pictures of hell. The two phrases that grab me most here are:
"Where light is like darkness" -- Imagine standing in the middle of a maggot infested room. When the lights are off, you can pretend that the swarms of filth are not there, but what happens when you strike a match. The solid surfaces move. They crawl with infection.
In the hell of a swarming, polluted room -- as in the horrors of hell -- "the light [is actually worse than] darkness." Why? Because it illumines the terrors.
Do you like that vivid picture? Here's another ... "Never to return."
Now, in the face of this, Job -- and way too many people in our world -- say, "Leave me alone." The words just before this passage are, "the days of my life are few." Time is short. Who would you like to invite into a light that illumines even greater hope?
In Christ's Love,
a guy who usually doesn't think like this
... but maybe should
That image turned my stomach. However, light doesn't only illumine terrors here on earth, it also shows flaws and failure in a more glaring way. When lights are dim, you don't see the imperfections and the dirt like you do when they are fully shining.

I understand saying, "Leave me alone!"

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