Today you should read: Job 14
Job is neck deep in some of the toughest trials anyone could possibly face. Many of you all know my background and what my wife and I have been through. For those who don’t, we have lost three children over the past three years or so through miscarriage and other complications. Many of you all have faced trials in your life as well and can relate to what Job is saying here. Job is being real. He has lost a lot and it is only natural to feel this way and think these thoughts. When Ellie and I went through what we did we asked many of these same questions and felt much the same way and I think, if you were honest, you have thought some of the same things, too. Be encouraged. It is okay to feel this way and work through these things. God is mindful of us and our emotions. God is a big God and He can take our questions.
In this pouring out of emotion from Job we see a few foreshadows of God’s mercy on the way in Jesus. The first is in verse 4. Job asks, “Who can bring purity out of an impure person?” We now know this “who” to be the Lord Jesus. When Christ comes into our lives He begins, through the Holy Spirit, to cultivate in our hearts purity through the process of sanctification.
Quick question to ponder:
How is the work of sanctification coming along in your life? Are you sinning less and longing for holiness more? Not reaching perfection but striving toward it. Think on that today.
The second is verse 14. Job asks the question, “Can the dead live again?” We know the answer to be a resounding yes! In Christ we have moved from death to life. Job says further in that verse that if it were so he would have hope. We know we can have hope because it is so.
So, with all this in mind, take this away today:
“In this life you will have trouble, but take heart for I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
You will have trouble but you can know that Jesus has overcome it all for you and for me.
Posted by: Robbie Byrd