Job continues to speak and through his words answers a question that most of us have asked or been asked; is God good?
“Let me have silence, and I will speak,
and let come on me what may.
Why should I take my flesh in my teeth
and put my life in my hand?
Though he slay me, I will hope in him;
yet I will argue my ways to his face.
Even though he didn’t understand what was going on, he trusts God (I will hope in Him). Have you ever been in a situation like that? Circumstances that you don’t understand, a situation that you cannot make sense of, when the only thing left to do is trust wholeheartedly in God. Job knew that even though he slay me, even though the terrible things happening to him were not outside of God’s permission or declaration, that trusting and hoping in Him were still the right things to do.
Even though blameless and upright (1.1, 8) Job was going through a set of circumstances that would break us all.
Even though he was without blame and suffering, he still did not curse God (1.22, 2.10).
Even though he was on the precipice of death (3.20-26), he hoped in and trusted God.
Even though he slay me, I will hope in him.
Reading this, it is hard to look past the Christ-centred type that Job is. The truer, better Job, think about Jesus;
A blameless and upright man charged and punished as if He had sinned – Isaiah 53.6, 2 Corinthians 5.21
A man who throughout His ordeal, did not curse God. On the contrary, He sought forgiveness for those involved – Luke 23.34
A man who, on the precipice of death, trusted God – Luke 23.46
A man who, even though slain, brings eternal hope – 1 Thessalonians 1.3, John 4.13-14
Is God good? Job knew that He is. For you and me, despite what is going on around us, le us forever say yes, yes He is.