If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: Exodus 2, Luke 5, Job 19, 1 Corinthians 6. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can't do all the readings today, read Job 19.
Job’s afflictions were summarized in Job 1-2 but the majority of the book is made up of Job and his friends trying to make sense of what happened to him. Both Job and his friends had an incorrect view of his situation. Job’s friends were convinced that the trials were his fault; they believed that all bad things happen as a matter of justice from from God, so Job’s protestations about his innocence and godliness seemed like stonewalling to them. If Job would have simply repented, life would have gotten better. At least, that’s what his friends believed.
Job also had a warped view of the situation. He basically shared the same view of God as his friends; however, since he wasn’t hiding any sins, God’s punishment of him was, therefore, unjust. Job’s complaints against God were complaints about justice; his demands were demands for a fair audience with God wherein he expected to be exonerated in God's just courtroom. Sprinkled throughout these arguments between Job and his friends are bits of truth that are priceless. We read one of them today in Job 19:25-27: “I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” These short poetic stanzas refer to two core doctrines of our faith:
- They foreshadow the incarnation of Christ in verse 25 when Job says, “in the end he will stand on the earth.”
- They affirm the resurrection of the dead: “after my skin has been destroyed [in other words, “after I’m dead”], yet in my flesh I will see God;” Note that Job says he will see God “in my flesh,” not "in my spirit."
Though these truths did not remove Job’s suffering or his questions, they do offer great encouragement if we consider them. No matter how difficult your suffering, how senseless and unfair it all seems in this life, or how you meet the end of your life, God is waiting there on the other side of eternity for you if you are in Christ. And, God’s plan is not just for you to know him spiritually but to include you in his earthly kingdom in eternity. I hope you find these words encouraging, no matter what you’re facing today. Maybe it would be a good idea to memorize this passage and remind yourself of it when you need encouragement.
Now for your thoughts: What stood out in your Bible reading for today? What questions do you have about what you read? What are your thoughts about what I wrote above? Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page. And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we'll talk scripture again tomorrow.