The book of Job is a must read and study for these stressful times of adversity in which we are now living. The pain, agony, despair and disappointments are weighing heavy on all of society. And God’s people are “passing” through the elements of adversity too. Notice: I said “passing” through. These times are a rite of passage to your Kingdom purpose and destiny.
I can only imagine Job’s pain when he received news of the death of all his children. I can only imagine the depth of Job’s discomfort and physical pain caused by his boil infested body that had eaten away at his flesh— I can only imagine. From my own experiences, I know the affects of material losses—house, cars, employment, financial struggles and hardships. To some extent I even know how it feels to be betrayed by friends—falsely accused by those closest to you. I know how it feels when others assume the worst because of your adversity and times of suffering. They have all the answers as to why you’re suffering.. I can even relate to his wife’s disgust with the whole ordeal, which negatively influenced her attitude (Job 2:9). However, Job didn’t accept her solution to “curse” (renounce) God and die. Instead, Job said, “You speak as one of the impious and foolish women would speak. What? Shall we accept only good at the hand of God and shall we not accept also misfortune and what is of a bad nature? (Job 2:10).
What’s more important in this lesson is summarized in Job’s declaration, “I know that my Redeemer lives…and after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought!” (Job 19:25-27). Regardless of his devastating and painful reality, he stayed grounded in what he believed. His thoughts were on his expected future rather than his present reality. Job’s assurance in the powerful existence of his Redeemer was such that he was convinced God would have the last say about his situation. This is our hope as well —our Redeemer is alive! Regardless of what you are facing for whatever reason, if Jesus Christ is your Redeemer (Vindicator), (Savior) you can be assured He has the last say.
Job shows us how to keep hope alive even when despair, destruction, devastation, interruptions, and even death shake our very foundation. In the midst of his deepest agony, he expressed astonishing words of hope. He did not try to hide his despair and anguish. The book of Job shows us our trials should never crush our hope and trust in the Sovereign Lord who allowed you to be tested because he “trusted” you, knowing you wouldn’t give up on Him.
Believe. Hope. Faith.