It's an old, old story, but Truth never loses its Voice. Job had everything going for him: good family, good health and plenty of money. So the devil said to God, "Of course, Job believes in You! Why wouldn't he? Everything is coming up roses for him, but just let that bright side grow dim and turn to midnight, and see how long his faith will last!"
So God said, "Go ahead, tempt him any way you want to, but you can't take his life." You know the story: Job lost his children and all his possessions. His wife counseled him to, "Curse God and die." But in all this Job did not charge God with wrongdoing. Then his body became covered with painful sores. Still Job did not sin in what he said. Then the three friends showed up with accusations and explanations that made Job call them, "miserable comforters, all."
In spite of all of this in Chap. 19, Job makes this profound statement of faith: "For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold and not another." 25-27. By faith he saw the coming of Christ, an amazing thing when one considers the circumstances in which he found himself. But he did begin to question God as to why these things were happening. God's answer echoes down through the corridors of time and should successfully stop the myriad questions that men ask that have no human answers:
"Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?" And poor old Job gets it at last: "I am unworthy. How can I reply? I put my hand over my mouth; I spoke once, but I have no answer--twice, but I will say no more." Not only was he faithful, he was also wise. Job 40:3-5
Job 42:1-6 I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. And Job repents.
The Lord blessed Job with a long confortable life, 140 years to be exact. We are tested. We are tried. But that is the Way of the Cross, and the Way of the Cross leads home. Job speaks eloquently after all these years, encouraging a faith that will stand any testing, even when the bright side dims and darkens. He met the challenge. "Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Job 13:15 That kind of faith can stand the blackest darkness and come out into the Light. It's worth everything it costs, and much, much more.
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