Last week, I completed reading through the book of Job. In the New Testament, he is held up as an example of perseverance (James 5:11). I’ll admit I had some trouble seeing that as I read through all the times he expressed his desire to die.
As the book progresses, Job talks less to his friends (who it seems weren’t listening to him anyway) and more to God. He asks lots of questions. He asks for an audience with God (e.g. Job 31:35-37). He gets no answers, and his meeting with God leaves him speechless and repentant (40:3-5, 42:4-6).
I reflected on how much more divine revelation we have than Job and his three friends, and I came up with the following:
|What Job said||What we know|
|Job 7:7 – I’ll never see anything good ever again||Job 42:10-17 – The Lord restored Job’s fortunes, and the last part of his life was more blessed than the first|
|Job 19:23 – Oh that my words were recorded!||They were, Job. Chapters upon chapters of them!|
|Job 10:4-5 – God, you’re not human||John 1:1, 14 – God became a human and lived among us|
|Job 9:33-34 – I’d like there to be an arbitrator between me and God||1 Timothy 2:5 – There is only one intermediary between God and men, Jesus Christ the man|
|Job 24:1 – Why does the Almighty not set time for judgement?||2 Corinthians 5:10 – Every one of us will have to stand before Christ our judge|
Job’s story is book-ended by God interacting with His creatures (Satan at the beginning and Job at the end). And that’s what we need to remember: despite God’s apparent silence, He’s still very much involved.
Postscript: Ever heard a sermon series on Job? I highly recommend this 6-part sermon series by Christopher Ash (each message is less than 40 minutes).