July 19, 2019

What I read today;

1 Corinthians 3; Isaiah 19; Job 19; Joshua 19; Genesis 19

Job is in agony.  He has lost everything.  His home, his children, his wealth, and now his health.  His friends keep telling him that God must be angry with him and that he must have some deeply held sin that Job refuses to let go of.  It’s almost like the crowd today that says, “if you just had a little more faith, God would take your pain away.”  But Job sits, suffering every moment of every day.

But Job understood how to get through.  Job had the secret to dealing with suffering.  He held onto the promise that God would always be there.  Job figured out that God would end Job’s pain when the time was right, even if that was after he died.  Job also understood that it wasn’t God’s fault that this was happening.  It was simply a by-product of our sin-filled world.  We won’t know perfection this side of heaven.  Only after we have moved out of this world into the next will we understand what true perfection and holiness are.

That’s why Job’s words in Job 19 vs. 25-27 mean so much for you and me today.  Meditate on them and think about them the next time you face a struggle in this life.  Know like Job that our lives on this earth are short.  Our focus should always be on Jesus and his promises.

Job 19 vs. 25-27, “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will stand upon the earth; and after my skin has been thus destroyed, then in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see on my side, and my eyes shall behold, and not another.  My heart faints within me!”

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