“Consider Job”

by Travis Lauterbach

 

Could you have faith like Job? Before you answer to yourself, consider the situation.

In the span of a few of days, Job’s life was nearly ruined.

Job was rich. He owned 7000 sheep, 3000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 donkeys. Working under him were several servants.

One day several messengers came to Job with word that his oxen, donkeys, sheep, camels, and most of his servants were killed or taken. With nearly all his livelihood gone, Job faced financial ruin and he likely lost many good and faithful workers.

Worst of all though, while the messengers were telling him this bad news, another messenger came up. Job’s ten children were all feasting together. A strong wind collapsed the house on them, killing all of them.

Job greatly mourned. Scripture says, “In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing” (Job 1:22).

Then, on top of all of that, Job became infected with painful sores from head to toe.

He sat day after day, mourning his losses, suffering great pain and agony. Job’s sufferings were so great, that he was convinced the sores would ultimately lead to his death.

Job’s wife thought the only option left for him was to “curse God and die” (2:9). But Job refused. Even while believing that the hand of God struck him and God pursued him, He continued to worship the Lord.

Eventually Job makes a surprising confession. “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; I myself will see him with my own eyes- I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” (19:25-27)

Job believes that he will be redeemed and saved by the Lord. He boldly confesses that he will be raised from the dead after his body is destroyed in death, and he will look at God with his own two eyes.

Faith isn’t blind. Faith trusts that God will fulfill his promises, even when outward appearances may seem otherwise.

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