Karen has some powerful words in her writing today about Jacob, Joseph, and Job as we read through the Bible chronologically at A Life Worthy. I am way behind on reading and know I don’t have any right to post about things I haven’t read, but I still stand in awe as I see Joseph and Job in their faith and their incredible understanding of God’s provision and His power over our lives–their acceptance that all things are unfolding exactly as they are meant, despite what circumstances look like. As I read your posts and scanned the book of Job, I remembered last year how tired I got of Job and his friends as we read day after day of Job and his suffering, his friends’ seemingly altruistic hearts asking him what he did to deserve God’s harsh hand, his own mourning and pity and finally, self loathing. Don’t take this wrong. I don’t know if I could have been tested like Job and lived to see the other side. But while we are here in the middle, before it gets better, (which Job did not know), I picture his friends sitting with him for days on end in silence. What else was there left to say? When grief permeates every corner of the mourning house, what can you do? They were there for their friend, but really were they? Condemning and trying to figure it all out logically for Job? Job realizes he’s all alone in this. It’s his test, one with his name on it, and it is his to deal with ultimately with God alone. But right here at this moment, where he is paralyzed in his loss, I hear Bildad (I remember last year calling him Bill Bad) accuse Job of not even knowing God. He’s fed up with Job and his self righteousness, and just lights into him. (Job 18.) That’s right, Bill Bad–just kick him while he’s down.
Is there a more faith-filled expression of trust than Job’s understanding,”Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him”? (Job 13:15)
And here, after Bildad’s attack, probably before Noah even built an ark, we have Job who knows the redemption story in his heart, without the Torah, without the history, except perhaps his father telling him what his father told him of God’s faithfulness. “I know that 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” Job 19:25-26 is a Scripture that encapsulates our entire doctrine of faith. Redemption. Life. Healing. Restoration. I love Job because he knew this. I love Jesus because He did this. We’re all Job, lost in our circumstances. But can we be the Job so full of trust? May it be so for you and for me. I just want to sing with Nicole C. Mullen and Job. “I know that my Redeemer lives!”