I’m getting a welcomed double dose of Job this week in my readings. There is no question that Job remains one of the stories in Scripture that gives us both answers and questions … leaves us with assurance and mysteries. We all experience pain and wonder where God is when we are hurting. Job speaks to this.
I want to share with you a quote and a link. First, a quote from a book on prayer I’ve been reading. I do not agree with everything in the book, but I’m learning a lot anyway. The quote concerns the end of Job where it appears that God has restored to him a double portion of all of his blessings. But, as the author points out, not a double portion of sons and daughters.
God did not double the sons and daughters, however. He gave Job the same number. What is the message? Job had not lost his previous sons and daughters; they had gone before him. If you have ever lost a loved one or are ever going to lose a loved one, just bear that in mind. Job’s sacrifices prevailed for his sons and daughters. God did not have to double the numbers because they were still there in the eternal. ~Derek Prince, Secrets of a Prayer Warrior
And then my friend Kyle Ferguson wrote a treatise on the theme of Job that is one of the best that I’ve ever read. I would like for everyone to to HERE to read the full post. I’m printing it out for my Bible class (as we begin to talk about Job Sunday). Here are a few lines to spark your interest…
How does this real Job get transformed into a bubbly, care-free Sunday School character who lets the crap cards he’s dealt roll off of him while giving God a wink and a thumbs-up? Anyone who claims that Job did not question God has clearly not read the book that bears his name.
Without faith, while this would have still been a tragedy, there would have been no confusion about it. That’s just the way the world is. Without faith, there is no one to whom he could direct the question, “Why?” But Job’s faith was too great to allow him the “just put on a happy face” option. He had heard that God was powerful, God was good, and he believed it with all of his heart! When his experience did not match up with what he believed about God he was rocked to the core.
The book of Job gives a picture of true lament and faithful questioning of God in the valley of the shadow of death.
There is so much more there, so I hope you will visit Kyle’s post and drink in the rich teaching. It was developed through the fire of Job-like circumstances. God has been at work in Kyle’s heart.
Thanks for reading today and contemplating Job with me.