SCRIPTURE: Job 15-21
Job’s friends are confident that this is how life works.
If you live good, then you will have a happy life; sin, and you will suffer.
Everyone who suffers must have sinned, while those who experience goodness must be good people.
Job does not deny that sin and suffering are related, but he does not see life in this way.
Job doesn’t know how or why suffering happens as it does, he just knows God is behind it.
Job’s error (as we shall see) is that He faults God on how He manages people and suffering.
But even so, Job clings to God for hope, and not on living a faultless life.
Job’s confidence (unlike his friends) is not in himself, but in God.
Somehow, some way, God will eventually step in to help Him.
I know that my Redeemer lives. In the end he will stand on the earth. After my skin has been destroyed, in my body I’ll still see God. I myself will see him with my own eyes. I’ll see him, and he won’t be a stranger to me. How my heart longs for that day!
This is quite a statement (made famous by Handel’s Messiah), a bold hope and confidence.
I may suffer, I may die, but I will see God, with my own eyes, in my restored body!
Confident not because I’ve lived such a good life, but because God is such a good God!
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
God, help me to see that nothing in this life can separate me from Your love. Help me to cling to this hope, that one day I will see You, and everything will be alright! How my heart longs for that day!