Reading: Job 42
“I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:5-6)
Warren Wiersbe made a profound statement on Job 42, saying, “This chapter assures us that, no matter what happens to us, God always writes the last chapter. Therefore, we don’t have to be afraid. We can trust God to do what is right, no matter how painful our situation might be.”
God always writes the last chapter. Regardless Mr. Wiersbe’s context, I take it as God having the final verdict because he is in absolute control and he will do what it takes to accomplish his purposes, with our highest good in his mind. In view of God’s infinite wisdom and inexplicable might, Job understood his own frailty and he repented. Let us remember that repentance is two-pronged: we turn away from where we have fallen and then we pledge allegiance to God. Our dear friend, Job, did both.
In deep reflection on this man’s life during the past few days, we slowly grasp that fullness of life and brokenness essentially exist in one room – they are not mutually exclusive. Author Mike Yaconelli wrote: “Accepting the reality of our broken, flawed lives is the beginning of spirituality not because the spiritual life will remove our flaws but because we let go of seeking perfection and, instead, seek God, the One who is present in the tangledness of our lives. Spirituality is not about being fixed, it is about God being present in the mess of our unfixedness.”
Like Job, we may have been stripped off of everything that we hold so dear, but we are made whole again only through God’s redemptive grace. What are the volumes of truth that God has been pouring over your life this past week while meditating on the book of Job? Is there a churning that is happening deep with you? What is God asking you to do?
Reflect. Pray. Write down your thoughts. Pour your heart to God. Do what needs done. Then walk in humble, repentant faith.
Prayer Focus: “Thank you, Lord, for speaking volumes of truth over me as I reflect on the life of Job. It is only through you that I am made whole, so here I am asking you to lead me. Teach me again to walk by faith and not by sight. Amen.”