The Beginning of Woes

After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. And Job said: “Let the day perish on which I was born, and the night that said, ‘A man is conceived.’ Let that day be darkness! May God above not seek it, nor light shine upon it.
Job 3:1-4
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The Beginning of Woes
Our lives are gifts from God.  We do not will ourselves into existence, not do we come about by happenstance.  God knows you and created you distinct from any other person who has ever lived.  You are one of a kind.  Yet at the same time we are like almost every other person ever born, in that we are conceived (not created) in sin. Which is to say we have all inherited original sin form our parents going back to the beginning in the garden with the fall of man.  So, although we are created by God, sin corrupts God’s creation.  The beginning of our lives is at some degree the beginning of our woes.  It is the beginning of our existence which is set against the very Creator who gave us life. From the outset we stumble and fall repeatedly in our sins. We give into them and embrace them, and this is the way it would remain if not for the same God whom we reject refusing to reject us. God knows left to ourselves we would be lost, therefore He made it possible for our broken relationship to be healed.  Through the life, death, and resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.  The Holy Spirit given faith is a free gift which marks us as children of God, set apart and holy. Job curses the day of his birth rather than curse God, as his wife suggested, for he understood that it was God alone who had the power to rescue him from his current plight.  It is God alone who has done the same for you.
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