Job had three pretty awful friends who did not at all understand how God works. There are so many beautiful gospel truths found in the book of Job that not only proves God’s character as good but points us to Jesus and his unconditional election. Job’s friends believed that Job’s loss and pain where a direct response to something Job had done. Job responds to them by defending himself knowing that he had done nothing to deserve the loss and pain acquired. The primary concern of God is His own glory and as God, only He deserves glory! In his pain and suffering, Job is displaying the glory of almighty God. Job is proving God’s goodness! As bad things happen Job trusts God. Sometimes bad things happen, we can choose to glorify God as Job did or we can curse God. Our purpose in life is to glorify God! In Job 38 & 39 we see God respond to Job’s wrestling over trusting in God. God reminds Job that He alone is almighty God. God reminds Job that He alone is faithful. God tells Job to “dress for action like a man” or basically to man up. God reminds Job that He has never failed and will never fail and that Job needs to just trust God! Today we can trust God through all things! Jesus has come and defeated sin and death! We need to fear nothing and trust God! He is faithful.
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matthew 6:25-26
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6