Last Sunday I introduced the book of Job, which, at first reaction people hear Job’s name and recoil, thinking isn’t he the one that lost everything? As human’s we don’t like losers. We want champions and super-heroes that defeat every obstacle with gusto and bravado. With the character Job, we have to keep in mind, who his foes were, to appreciate his victory at the end of the book. He had against him Satan and also the desertion of God’s protection, while the enemy was stomping on him.
How many of us would have done what Job’s wife wanted him to do, “Curse God and Die?” Satan is a formidable sadist and tormentor whose mission statement has been to steal, kill and destroy humans and their dreams (John 10:10)
Just like a true super-hero Job never flinched or faltered in his faith that God was good. He didn’t understand what was happening but, he chose to believe that his redeemer lived and some day he would stand before him. Therein laid the champion with his backbone set in steel…faith… that none of his losses were able to take from him.
Then there was God. How does he convince Job that he had more wisdom than Job? Many times personal pain makes us do, say and think stupid things. So, after the trials of Job, came his final test. When God asks us questions, he is not trying to know information, he already knows the answers. He wants us to open our own eyes to his wisdom and to open our understanding. This exactly, what he does to Job in Chapters 38 and 39.
Take the test for yourself and see how brilliant we think we are.
I recommend for more simplicity and understanding to read NIV, Living or The Message Bible versions for clarity.
Test yourself, you will come to the conclusion that God is supernatural and has no limits. How do we measure next to him? Yet, this God decided to call us his children (1 John 3:1)
Our conclusion at seeing Job, bedraggled, physically grotesque and totally empty of everything, painfully inch to the finish line with his only worthy value within his heart…FAITH. Stadiums in heaven rejoiced with thundering acclamation for Job the champion! He really is a super hero.