God’s boys came in and the accuser was with them. God asked, “where’ve you been?” “On a run for victims of my mischief,” the accuser replied.
“Have you considered my man Job?” God asked. “Remove your hedge and I’ll take him down,” the accuser replied.
Have you ever felt like Job? Despite his suffering, he didn’t curse God and die as his wife suggested. His response was, “though He slay me yet will I trust Him.” Even when his three friends accused him of sin he held out hope that his Redeemer would appear.
The true message of Job is his longing for the Redeemer. And because Job is considered the oldest book in the bible he had a long time to wait.
Jesus was not yet available to intercede on his behalf when the accuser came before God, asking permission to persecute Job. It would be several more thousand years before his sacrifice on the cross and ascension qualified him to argue Job’s case and present himself as the punished one, the ransom for Job’s self-righteousness.
How different the story of Job would have been if on the day the accuser showed up Jesus had been there in his resurrected glory.
Job was waiting for his Redeemer but we don’t have to wait. We have the Redeemer Job was longing for. We need to place him at the center of our lives. We can’t place him in a box or off to the side.
Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!” Job 2: 9.
For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth. Job 19: 25
Love and blessings,
photo: (Indian Ocean sunset, as far west as you can go)