I’ve just spent the last few days and eighteen chapters reading a lot of complaining, watching a man who appeared to have it all, the perfect family, respect in his community, and a lot of material wealth. Certainly by today’s standards, Job was a man’s man. Then, he lost it all, including his family. His wife hated to see her man suffer, his friends didn’t have a clue, but kept feeding Job platitudes and truths of God, but nothing comforted Job. They argue and Job is depressed, and they argue again, and Job whines, and wishes he were dead. But interspersed between what anyone would feel was a harsh and terrible plight for Job, he knows his only comfort is in God. I have to wonder if I could remain faithful through all of this. I stop and know I’d be a whiner, but I also pray that I could still look at God and rejoice. Then, in chapter 19, the beautiful promise Job proclaims brings me to tears this morning. While Job has lost everything dear and feels his friends have forsaken him just as His God has allowed him so much pain (Though He slays me, yet will I trust Him) … while he is physically in pain, knowing he’s dying, he says in verse 25
“For I know my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.
And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God.”
These verses never had more meaning to me than this morning. After my skin has been destroyed—Job was in horrible physical pain, his flesh eaten up with boils, and he knows “yet in my (restored) flesh I will see God.” The Holy Spirit grabbed Job and gave him the hope he needed most. He’d redeem him. He had not forsaken him. I am in tears to think of Job and his feelings of total abandonment, yet surely through the comfort of the Holy Spirit, he was able to know that his Redeemer lives. Who more needed to know God not only as comforter but as his Redeemer, who would restore him and redeem Job’s suffering? Job needed to know it wasn’t in vain. He not only had a comforter who would hold his hand through the trial, but One who would make all things right.
What is the name of the study you’re doing on Job? I would love to do that one!
What an inspiration. I pray I am so faithful! I am so grateful for Our comforter this morning. We are never alone… full restoration! There you have it again.
I was getting overwhelmed last night by trying to catch up with all of the reading. I don’t want to miss anything, but I think I should start with today’s reading plan instead. (And my Gmail isn’t working.)
Hopefully this weekend I will be able to get all caught up.
Thank you for sharing this message of hope!
I love the lessons of Job.
I haven’t had the opportunity to read yet today, but I am looking forward to it now more than ever. Thanks for the thoughts!
You so spoke to me through the e-mail and now again, here. I will forever remember this verse with your story, your name attached to it. This verse means so much to me!
I’m also reading along with the reading plan. I have yet to read today’s reading assignment. I know a lot less worse things happen and I’m such a whiner. Yet so many things to be thankful for. Each day I look for all the goodness. I realize there is more good than bad. What a revelation in this post and reading of Job. I look forward to today’s reading.
Blessings in Christ–