Today you should read: Job 30
Today’s passage gives us some more doom and gloom. Not exactly a rosy, sunshiny read for us today. However, this is so real and so honest and really gives us great insight into the heart of someone dealing with great tragedy. I think many of us can forget that Job was a real person who really lost all his wealth, all his kids, and his health in a short period of time. He also had to deal with a wife who was discouraging him in his faith. Imagine being in Job’s position. Imagine within a few days or week’s time you get news that you have lost your job, your bank account is cleaned out, and most of your closest family members have suddenly and tragically passed away. When we realize this is a real account of a real, sinful man who is struggling with his loss and his faith it makes more sense that in one place he says, “blessed be the name of the Lord,” and in the next place says what he says about God and about life in this chapter. Chapters like this make me wonder how James, (James 5:11) can make reference to Job as “a man of great endurance.” At first glance today’s reading seems to contradict that notion. When I think of endurance in faith I immediately think of someone enduring hardship without questioning God. But I think endurance is more than that. So, here is what I think we can take away from today in connection with the rest of Job:
Endurance in hardship is wrestling with the pain and your faith and coming out with faith as the victor
When you run a marathon, for most people, the victory is finishing the race. You may, at some points slow down your pace, maybe even to a brisk walk, but the victory isn’t keeping the same pace from start to finish; the victory is finishing the race. This reminds me of what Paul says in 2 Timothy 4:7.
“I have fought the good fight, I have fished the race, and I have remained faithful.”
So remember, the victory isn’t in the pace but in finishing the race.
Posted by:Robbie Byrd