Monday we began with saying that there are times when life is very good. Our health is good. Our finances are good. Our relationships with others are good and everything is going our way. Yet in a matter of moments everything can change. The wind can change directions and suddenly life can become very difficult. The question at this time is – ‘How will we respond if the blessings cease to come?’ Consider these classics statements from the book of Job.
‘Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him… (Job 13:15)
There is no indication in scripture that Job was ever told why he was suffering. As far as we know, nothing was said to him about Satan’s plot to turn him against God.
Though Job didn’t understand why he was suffering, he believed in his heart that God was good and that He could be trusted. Therefore he said, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him…”
‘I know that my Redeemer lives…’ (Job 19:25)
Job 19:25 I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. 26 And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; 27 I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!
Many believe that the story of Job occurred sometime during the period of the book of Genesis. If that is so, then there was much about God that had not yet been revealed. Yet Job knew that God was His Redeemer and that his Redeemer would someday stand upon the earth. We know that this was a reference to the incarnation of Christ. In addition, Job also believed that there was life after death and a bodily resurrection. How did Job know all of this? No doubt God revealed it to him.
‘But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.’ (Job 23:10)
Though Job did not understand all that was happening, he believed that God had a purpose. Therefore he committed himself to the Lord and trusted Him with the outcome.
I close our study of Job with the words from 1 Peter –
1 Peter 1:6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.