The first thing we see in our passage today is that Job rebukes his friends (v. 1-12). Job calls them out and says they “whitewash with lies” and that they are “worthless physicians”. His friends are trying to speak on behalf of God and they do not truly understand what is happening. They only assume things and their main assumption is that Job is in sin and that is why all of this trouble is happening to him.
The most intriguing part of the passage comes in verse 15. Job says,
“Though he slay me, I will hope in him; yet I will argue my ways to his face.”
This verse got me thinking to the song “Though You Slay Me” by Shane and Shane. One verse from the song goes, “You strike me down to bind me up, You say You do it all in love, That I might know you in my suffering”. I think that is what Job is experiencing in his life right now. God is going to show Himself to Job in a way that Job has never seen God. Job points out that even in this rough time he will still hope in God.
Most times when something difficult is going on in life we like to think that God is not with us or that He does not care about us. That couldn’t be anymore wrong from the truth. God is always loving, but He might be taking us through this hard time so that we rely on Him in a greater way.
My prayer is that all of us will rely on God during hard times. Do not turn your back on Him during times of struggle, instead know that His presence is what brings comfort (Psalm 23).
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice