A study of Job 5:7: We are born for trouble

Think about all the politicians that propose that we will take away our troubles. They claim that a human can fix all our ills even if the source of our problems is spiritual. I love this quote from McGee:[1]

“We don’t need to pour his last statement into a test tube to find out it is true. Man is born unto trouble. I don’t think it is even debatable that the human family has adversity, calamity, sorrow, distress, anxiety, worry, and disturbance. All one needs to do is pick up the newspaper and read a partial report of the human family: fires, accidents, tragedies, wars, rumors of war. The song says, “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen,” but really, everyone does know because all people have trouble. We do not all have the same color, we are not all the same size, or the same sex, or have the same blood type, or the same I.Q., but we all have trouble. No one is exempt or immune or can get inoculated for trouble. Tears are universal.”[2]

What is the reason for our pain?

Do you remember the event in the Garden? Life was good until Genesis chapter 3, where Satan attempts to sabotage God's plan. Satan appears in the form of a serpent and proposes that God is holding out on Adam and Eve. The creature convinces Eve that disobeying God is the only way to know what God is withholding from the couple. Even in the beginning, humans make poor choices when they concentrate on the short term and do not focus on the long view. Even those that experience salvation in Jesus Christ will still have the same challenges that all people experience.

God places a curse upon the couple, and by extension, humanity since that time, in Gen. 3:17-19. As an aside, Genesis must be taken literally since the source of our troubles is rooted in the events in the Bible. If Genesis is considered poetry, it has some poetry, then the whole basis for salvation disappears. Leading people astray in this way is yet another ploy of Satan.

Adam is then spiritually dead, and the couple and their offspring are banned from the Garden. Romans 5 makes this clear in verses 12-21. The reason we are sinners at birth comes directly from the incident in the Garden. Understand that our troubles have their source in Adam's sin. "Original Sin" separates humanity from God.unless they seek salvation through Jesus Christ.

We are all condemned because of Adam; however, we can partake in salvation through the "second Adam" Jesus Christ. Christ's death on the cross for the sins of humanity. 1 Cor. 15:1-8, specifically verse 3-4, has the essential elements of belief for salvation. The Good News for those born to trouble.

God uses trouble in our lives to shape us and help us mature in Christ.

God will use the problems we encounter living in a fallen world to mold us into the people He wants to live with forever. It's not popular today to think that God would allow adversity into our lives, even if we have been "good." Scripture does not support this faulty line of thinking. My favorite testing passages are Rom. 5:1-5, James 1:2-8, and 1 Pet. 1:3-7. See my article on "Standing and Standing Firm" for an in-depth look.

Becoming a Christian never guarantees that a person will never experience problems. The new Christian will experience additional issues now that he lives in two worlds. We are saved, but no longer part of the world order run by Satan. For this reason, we have hope in eternity when this fallen world is replaced (Eph. 2:1-10, Rev. 21:1-8).

Believers are to encourage / comfort / exhort each other[2]

This knitting activity is encouraging /comforting/ exhortative: (Col. 2:2, 4:8, 2 Cor 1:3-7, Thess. 3:2, 5:14, 2 Thess. 2:16-17, Heb. 3:13, 10:25). Spiritual gifted encouragers / comforters / exhorters are vital for this ministry (Rom. 12:8).

Passages that support that we are born to trouble.1

Ge. 3:17-19, Job 4:8, 10:17, 14:1, 15:35, Ps. 51:5, 58:3, 90:10, Pr. 22:8, Ec. 2:23, Is. 59:4.


1. McGee, J. V. (1997). Thru the Bible commentary (electronic ed., Vol. 2, p. 597). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

2. Bolender, Robert; Austin Bible Church Colossians Sermon Series (4/12/2020). https://austinbiblechurch.com/class-topics/current-studies/colossians/colossians-2

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