Job 7 begins with Job crying out to God. “Has not man a hard service on earth, and are not his days like the days of a hired hand”? Commentaries denote that the words ‘hard service’ are descriptive of military service – the idea that we are in a battle on this earth. That is exactly where Job found himself without really knowing what was going on. There was a battle for his soul. He felt the struggle of life itself and the futility of the work he found life to be. He doesn’t feel hope or reward, only the weariness of a continual fight.
Time is dragging by. “The night is long, and I am full of tossing till the dawn”. Sleep is hard to come by. Life is happening but not in a meaningful or enjoyable way, it just goes by in a blur because he is focused on enduring and getting through this season of suffering. He has lost hope from being healed, and believes death is the only way to overcome the current circumstances. “He who goes down to Sheol does not come up”. Job thinks about death and how it ends things.
Job has physical ailments, but his real struggle is internal. His is a spiritual crisis. “I loathe my life; I would not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are a breath”. He feels like he is being shadowed by God, watched at every moment, which is absolutely true for all of us. God never leaves us. He always has His eye on us. Job’s condition is so miserable he wants the release of death. He knows his life won’t last forever, and would prefer that God would just let him go.
Then Job asks the question that Eliphaz had hounded him with – was this because of sin. “If I sin, what do I do to you, you watcher of mankind? Why have you made me your mark? Why have I become a burden to you? Why do you not pardon my transgression and take away my iniquity?” Hard questions – direct and to the point – but just honest conversation. There is nothing wrong with us pouring our heart out to God. Job is looking for a way out of his circumstances. He certainly does not yet understand what is happening here at the high level.