I’ve been trying to read Job. That’s a good one Read Job while looking for a job.
I’m was quite interested in Job’s responses at the beginning.
The first one when he’d lost all his belongings and children
Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there; the Lord gave, and the Lord has take away; blessed by the name of the Lord.
(NRSV: wish I could say translation mine but 10 years in Bangalore didn’t help my Kannada)
The second one (to his wife)
You speak as any foolish woman would speak. Shall we recieve the good at the hand of God, and not receive the bad?
Let the day perish in which I was born… (rant rant rant)
I wonder. Is the first response just an automatic response? Just a habit? Is it that only a while later the enormity of it hits him and then he truly responds? Which is by the way spread across quite a few chapters. The first time he blesses God. The second time he seems quite irritable and there is no blessing. Yet he holds on. And then the curse…
Are we running on autopilot?
Are we just salivating on stimulus and seamed into a habit?