Last Sunday I preached on the book of Job, the words from chapter 13:15 “Though He slay me, yet will I hope in him...” I will be again preaching from Job (7: 1-7) in a couple of weeks. In doing so, I have been reading through the book of Job and, as I see it, it is a study of the man Job, of his comfortless friends and a study of God Himself.
First of all, we see a study of Job himself. Job is the ultimate good guy. He tries to please God with his life. He is a sinner and he knows it and knows he needs a Savior. The Devil, our adversary and enemy, gets permission from God to test Job and his faith. He tells God that God has blessed Job so much that of course he is a good guy. He said that if God will take away Job's blessings, he will not trust in God anymore. So God permitted the Devil to do “bad” things to Job. Job lost his possessions, many of his servants died, and all 10 of his children died. But the Devil and his purpose failed. Job did not turn his faith away from God. Rather when these “bad” things happened, Job worshiped God knowing that “bad things” are a blessing from the LORD. So the Devil returns complaining that the test wasn't real, since Job was selfish and he still had his health, that is all he cared about. So the Devil is allowed to go after Job again, afflicting his health seriously. Job was in absolute misery and pain which continued for many days. Yet he would not sin against the LORD.
Some of Job's friends came over to comfort him. But they were no comfort; rather, they begin to argue with Job telling him that since God punishes sinners, and since God “punished” him, he was a very bad person. So Job has to defend himself saying in effect, “Yes, I am a sinner. No, I am not guilty of the great sins you are accusing me of. God is not punishing me for my sins.” Job confesses his faith in his Redeemer, his Savior, who he would see with his own eyes on the last day.
After pages and chapters of this dialogue God speaks to Job. God doesn't give Job a reason for the “bad” things which happened to him, rather He points out His power, His knowledge, His love and His justice. He wants Job to trust Him to be God, knowing that God always does what is right for his children. We don't always know God's reasoning, but we know our God's reasons are loving.
Let Job be your Book of the Month. Read it over and learn from Job and his example of a Godly life. Learn from his friends how not to be a friend who brings empty comfort to someone with a crisis in their life. Learn from God, and learn to trust God. Learn to trust Him to be your powerful and loving God who knows what He is doing, no matter what is going on in your life. And trust your Savior who washed away all your sins so at the end of your trouble-filled lives, you will rest with Him for all eternity
“Job 40:6–8 (NIV84)
6 Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm:
7 “Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.
8 “Would you discredit my justice?
Would you condemn me to justify yourself?”
May God bless your month, especially as you read through Job and understand better your God and Savior, who loves you and will always do what is best for you in life.