Darkness and light. They cannot co-exist. But I think someone forgot to tell Job. As we close out chapter ten, Job makes some statements that show just far into darkness he had sunk. I cannot imagine the depths of his despair, but we can get an idea from his words.
In verse 20 he tells God to leave him alone to die. Between verses 21 and 22 Job uses four different words (in the original Hebrew) to describe the grave. Key phrases are "land of darkness and deep shadow", "land of gloom", "thick darkness" and "deep shadow".
"before I go—and I shall not return—to the land of darkness and deep shadow, the land of gloom like thick darkness, like deep shadow without any order, where light is as thick darkness.” ~ Job 10:21-22 ESV
I feel down just reading those. Poor Job! He cannot possibly know what the grave was actually like, but I bet he's pretty close. Job had no hope of light. He didn't remember he had a source of light.
There are many verses that speak to Job. And like last time with the Job verse, I had a hard time deciding. So, I didn't really choose. I'll share them all with you with some brief comments :)
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,”even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you" ~ Psalm 139:11-12 ESV
If Job had called on God he would have had all the light he needed. Darkness cannot stay in the presence of our God.
"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. "~ John 1:5 ESV
"Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” ~ John 8:12 ESV
Job was referring to the grave as darkness. On this side of Jesus' visit to humanity, we know that He conquered death. And as John 8:12 tells us, He is the light of the world so when we have Him, darkness flees.
"For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. " ~ 2 Corinthians 4:6 ESV
God can shine light into any situation and into any heart. Imagine if Job had simply asked.
I'll close with this verse from David in Psalms.
"The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" ~ Psalm 27:1 ESV
I don't know if Job was afraid of death or maybe the future. But I know David had the answer. It was an answer for David. It could have been an answer for Job. It is most definitely an answer for us.