Project 3:16 – Job

Hopefully, everyone enjoyed Easter.

We are resuming our journey through the 3:16’s of the Bible with the book of Job, as Esther chapter 3 stops at verse 15.

Job was a righteous man. God told Satan to destroy everything in Job’s life. God knew Job was a man of integrity and would not curse God.

Losing everything was just the first test. The second test was Job being inflicted with sores from toe to head. While a lot of us would shake our fists at God for allowing us to experience all this extreme hardship, Job did not curse God. He held on to his integrity.

He’s better than me.

In chapter 3, Job curses the day he was born. While 3:16 stands on its own, it is painful. I am including verses 11-19 so you get the whole picture this group of verses paints.

“Why did I not die at birth,
    come out from the womb and expire?
12 Why did the knees receive me?
    Or why the breasts, that I should nurse?
13 For then I would have lain down and been quiet;
    I would have slept; then I would have been at rest,
14 with kings and counselors of the earth
    who rebuilt ruins for themselves,
15 or with princes who had gold,
    who filled their houses with silver.

Job 3:11-15 (NIV)

Or why was i not hidden in the ground like a stillborn child, like an infant who never saw the light of day!

Job 3:16 (NIV)


17 There the wicked cease from troubling,
    and there the weary are at rest.
18 There the prisoners are at ease together;
    they hear not the voice of the taskmaster.
19 The small and the great are there,
    and the slave is free from his master.

Job 3: 17-19 (NIV)

May you never curse the day you were born.

May you adopt this philosophy from Job when it comes to suffering:

Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him;
    I will surely defend my ways to his face.

Job 13:15 (NIV)

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.