I Wish I'd Never Been Born

John DeJong

READ : Job 3:1-10

People no longer ask the really important questions. Why was I born? What is God’s purpose for my life? What is life? What about eternity?

Too philosophical? No! If you haven’t thought about these questions, make it a priority now. We can take time now or at some future time life’s circumstances will force these questions on us.

No one has raised the deep question so personally, so forcefully, so poetically, so honestly as Job. His questions address many contemporary issues. He seems to wish he had been aborted… “Why was I born. Instead of being alive, I would be like infants who never saw the light of day.” Later he touches the feelings behind euthanasia. “Why give light to one in misery and life to those who find it so bitter, to those who long for death but it never comes?”

In my ministry, at the grave side, the coffin would be lowered into the ground. I would take some earth, and throwing it into the grave, say, “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” These actions raised the deep questions. We’ve sanitized death and avoided life’s hard questions, forgetting that they are also the most important questions.

If life raises these questions in your mind and heart, remember God has the answers, to all life’s questions!


Holy Spirit, give us the courage and wisdom to seek the answers to life’s deep questions from You, either in times of quiet reflection or urgent need. In Jesus’ name. Amen.