"Why does he (i.e. God) give light for the troubled?
And life to the bitter of soul?
Those waiting for death and there is none,
those digging for it more than hidden treasure.
The glad, they are rejoicing.
They exult because they have found the grave."
Did you catch that? Death is sought more than buried treasure. The only happy people are those who have been buried. Wow.
If you thought the Bible was lofty and sublime, take note. The Bible is not a book that sugar-coats reality. Somehow God saw fit to include this passage in his holy book. He is not afraid of our emotions. Perhaps you are struck, as I am, with the fact that even godly people struggle with depression. Job, a "blameless and upright" man wanted nothing more than to see his life end. It was that bad. He wrestled openly with God, and eventually God answered (see chapters 40-41). His answer may not have been gentle, but it was just what Job needed to give him a proper view of himself in relation to God.
Job's story ends on a happy note, but not without first dismantling the idea that 'the wicked suffer but the righteous are blessed.' Life is not always fair (from our point of view), but when we learn to dig for HIM more than buried treasure, we will discover more than we ever dreamed.