So Then Brothers, Stand Firm

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Job 19:23-27a
Psalm 17:1-9
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
Luke 20:27-38

 

Job had three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar. When they heard about his troubles, they went to comfort him. They sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering wasNIV

As they talk with him over the next chapters, they begin to accuse him of being the cause of all his suffering. Job, in return, blames God.

In chapter 18, Bildad takes another turn at trying to reason with Job. In the last verse of his accusation, he said, Surely such is the dwelling of an evil man; such is the place of one who does not know GodNIV

Job responds as most of us would, but he also, after blaming God again, says, 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 GodNIV

Job cursed God but never deserted God. His faith was stronger than most of us can muster. He lost everything through no fault of his own and then had his best friends accuse him of turning away from God. He was angry with God, but he remained faithful through it all.

I know that my redeemer lives.

In the midst of his suffer, Job held on that Truth. As Jesus put it, For God is not God of the dead, but of the living. For all men are alive to himPhillips Job understood that God wanted him to live in the new world after the resurrection from death. Jesus expanded that to all men.

No matter your troubles, Stand Firm.

 

Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

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