A Man Named Job
If someone mentions the name Job, what’s the first thing we usually think of? Patience in suffering? Trust in God? Friends with not so wise counsel?
The Book of Job is so much more than a beautifully written poetic story about a man who exhibited patience, and endured unimaginable troubles. This is the story of a man named Job who confidently declared, I know my Redeemer lives, and in the end, will stand on the earth.
Job Was A Man Of Hope
The story of Job is not just a story of patience and suffering. It is a story of hope. Hope in a risen Savior. Hope in a Redeemer. Hope in Jesus Christ as Lord. It is a story that should give us hope, even in the midst of our worst trials and troubles.
Job Was A Man Of Trust
The story of Job shows us a man who continued to keep trusting that God had a plan for his life, even when Job couldn’t see it.
Job had no idea of what went on in the heavenly realm between God and Satan. He didn’t know Satan had to ask God’s permission before he was allowed to unleash his evil against the man God pointed out as his servant. All Job could do was keep trusting.
Job Was A Man Who Sought Answers
During his suffering and loss, Job sought an audience with God. He had questions. He wanted God to give him answers.
However, instead of giving Job answers, God asked questions of his own.
Where were you when I made the earth’s foundation? Who shut the doors to keep the sea in when it broke through and was born? Where were you when I said to the sea, ‘you may come this far, but no farther’? Have you ever ordered the morning to begin, or shown the dawn where its place was? Tell me if you know all these things.
Job Was A Man Who Discovered God Is God And Job Was Not
Job discovered God owes no one any answers for what God permits or plans. He is God. We are not. As Job found out, man’s arm is too short to box with the Creator.
Job Was A Man Who Continued To Love God
Despite his trials, loss, and confusion, Job continued to love God. He continued to petition God for relief. He didn’t understand why God allowed the pain and suffering, but he never stopped loving his Creator. And in the end, God rewarded his faithfulness.
The story of Job is the story of a man who lived in the days of the old and ancient before Jesus walked this earth. It is the story of a man God allowed Satan to test to prove, not only to Satan, but also to Job, how faithful Job was to God.
This is the story of a man who sought answers to his why, yet never received them.
In the end, this is the story of a man who knew and held firmly to this truth. Our Redeemer lives, and in the end, he will stand once again on the earth. We will see God face to face.
Going through troubling times? Hold onto the hope we have in Jesus as our Lord, Savior, and Redeemer. We don’t have to have all the answers. We just have to trust that God does.
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I know that my Redeemer lives, and in the end he will stand upon the earth. Even after my skin has been destroyed in my flesh I will see God. I will see him myself; I will see him with my very own eyes. How my heart wants that to happen! Job 19:25-27 (NCV)
I wish you well.
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