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Friday, November 16, 2012

Nov 17: Job 42

Today we’re reading the last chapter in the book of Job, chapter 42. Let’s take a look at how this ends:
  1. This final chapter begins with Job’s response to God. Job humbly admits God is above all, and that he spoke out of ignorance. 
  2. Then Job says some rather interesting things: “my ears have heard of you before but now my eyes have seen you,” and that he will change his heart and sit in the ashes. It’s a really cool response by Job because Job still believed his life wouldn’t get any better. God didn’t say he was going to “fix” all of Job’s problems but in response to hearing directly from God, Job humbles himself and accepts his sufferings. 
  3. Then God directs his words to Job’s friends and told them he was angry with them for lying about God as if they knew him. God even says Job spoke truth, which is interesting because they all kept saying Job was wrong. Then God says he wouldn’t even consider forgiving them unless they asked Job to pray for them. It’s interesting that God not only spoke to these guys and told them Job was right but also made them use Job as a mediator for their forgiveness. God was restoring Job’s honor among his friends. 
After Job prayed for his friends, God blessed him far greater than he ever could have imagined. God gave Job double all he had from before, including children. The Bible says God blessed the last part of Job’s life more than the first. Job not only had more children, he also lived long enough to see his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren! That must have been really cool for Job who thought his life was over and was praying for death.

The book of Job has its ups and downs for sure; it reads like a crazy dramatic movie. By reading Job we come to realize that in a world of such paradoxes, Job was suffering, not because he was the worst of men, but because he was one of the best! What we should take away from this is that we never know why we are going through things in life. God has big plans in store for our future; we just need to be faithful to him.

Reading through this book should encourage us to trust God no matter what we face in life. What do you need to give to God today? What painful stuff in your past do you need to let go of? What pain do you need to trust God with today? Take some time today and talk to God about your pain. He’s always there for you and we need to realize that we can’t see the whole picture now... but God can.

- Written for Verve by Tommy Altman