Job’s Hope

There are a handful of of books I have read two or three times and then there is God’s Word. I have lost track of how many times it has been. And there are parts that are more frequented than others. Right now I am reading through Job, and though my life is not so desperate as his, many of the feelings he expresses, I share. But despite the many times I have read Job, I was caught by surprise.

It is in chapter 19, Job, beyond grief and torment is frustrated and angry with those he called his friends, who instead of encouraging him are instead berating him. In the midst of telling his friends to “just leave me alone,” he says,  “Oh, that my words could be recorded. Oh, that they could be inscribed on a monument, 24  carved with an iron chisel and filled with lead, engraved forever in the rock. 25  “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last. 26  And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! 27  I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought!” (NLT)

Like Job I have yet to, in my body, see God, see my Redeemer, though my Redeemer has already stood upon the earth and redeemed me long before I was born. Job’s hope is still our hope today. Whatever trials, tribulations and persecutions we suffer, there is hope. Like Job, I can say after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! 27  I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought!” Then this season of life will fade away and the tears will be wiped away.

 

Author: old-fashioned-man

I am a follower of Jesus Christ who has been married since 1989. We had four boys then adopted siblings, a boy and girl from foster care in 2008 when my daughter was seven and my son was eight. We reside in the beautiful state of Colorado.

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