Job experienced a makeover in his life. He began adult life a prosperous man with a large family.
- In the middle he lost all but his wife.
- In the end he knew the blessing of the Lord in abundance. His family and riches increased, his friends learned what friendship means.
- Above all he came to personally know the God he worshipped and trusted in.
Job knew 3 things which kept him going when he didn’t understand the why of his suffering. When tempted to curse God and die because of his suffering, he drew the line when he said,
“For I know that my redeemer liveth,
and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.” Job 19:25-27.
His Redeemer lived…It gave him hope for help.
His Redeemer lived and would stand…It gave him hope for strength.
He would live to see his Redeemer…It gave him hope for victory over sin’s suffering and death.
Another passage tells us Job also knew…
His faith in God would be his justification.
“Behold, now, I have ordered my cause;
I know that I shall be justified.” Job 13:18.
It gave him hope for peace in pain even as the same promise work for us.
“But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed,
if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
Therefore being justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ;
by whom also we have access by faith
into this grace wherein we stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
Two more things Job knew brought him to something he didn’t know before his suffering.
- “I know that thou canst do every thing,
- and that no thought can be withholden from thee.
Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge?
Therefore have I uttered that I understood not;
things too wonderful for me, which I knew not…” 42:1-2.
Job’s new knowledge through suffering brought him to a greater knowledge, a personal knowledge of his Redeemer.
“I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear;
but now mine eye seeth thee.” 42:5.
We can say the same with Job and with the Psalmist.
”Many, O LORD my God,
are thy wonderful works which thou hast done,
and thy thoughts which are to us-ward:
they cannot be reckoned upon order unto thee:
if I would declare and speak of them,
they are more than can be numbered.”
Job’s life ended with a greater abundance through his suffering.
“So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning…” 42:12.
Ours can as well.
“Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. For all things are for your sakes,
- that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
- For which cause we faint not;
- but though our outward man perish,
- yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
- For our light affliction, which is but for a moment,
- worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
- While we look not at the things which are seen,
- but at the things which are not seen:
- for the things which are seen are temporal;
- but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:14-18.
Suffering brought Job to a new personal understanding of his Redeemer. Suffering is sometimes the Surgeon’s knife by which we receive our makeover.
It’s been said, “Beauty is skin deep”. Our Redeemer doesn’t look on the outer for it perishes. He works on the inner person.
As we grow older, the outer beauty of the physical fades no matter how many face lifts or body tucks we have. One day as Job said the worms are going to eat this body of flesh. But in suffering God beautifies the inner person, the soul which lives forever. In the suffering, the spirit grows and blossoms until when God’s work is completed in us it blooms in true holiness and righteousness.
When the flesh has died, the spirit that belongs to the Lord thrives and one day it will receive a new body, a glorified body, a body like its Redeemer.
“And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly…” 1 Corinthians 15:49.
“As for me,
I will behold thy face in righteousness:
I shall be satisfied,
when I awake, with thy likeness.”
We can face suffering, survive suffering, and thrive through suffering because,
Our Redeemer Lives.
How do you find hope when suffering comes?