Today you should read: Job 19:23-29
Job is in the midst of not only terrible trials but also having his friends harass him and give him bad advice as to how to handle his current situation. You ever been here? Job is swimming in emotions in this passage and he is clearly wrestling with several questions at once:
Why is this happening?
What did I do?
Why is God doing this or at least letting it happen?
Are my friends right here?
Where is God in all of this?
Today’s passage is a glimpse into Job’s mind as he is going through all this pain and turmoil. Job wants everyone to hear at least three things here:
- We all suffer
This is a running theme throughout the book of Job. Job suffered great loss and hurt and he wants us to know how he feels and how he is thinking.
- We will all die
Just as Job’s “body has decayed” so ours will, too. We will someday die. We live this life in this world full of sin and pain and sorrow and then we go to our eternity.
- Our redeemer lives
I am noticing more and more as we go through the book of Job something I never noticed before.
In the midst of trials we can see hope
It’s one thing to say we have hope in the midst of our trials but to say that we can see hope in the midst of trials is quite another thing all together. Job constantly gives us glimpses that redemption and salvation and peace and hope are not just something we will have when trials end but rather these are things we already have in Christ now, even in the midst of our hurts and sorrows. So, as you go through these things in your life remember you have all these things in Jesus now.
Posted by: Robbie Byrd