The eponymous book preserved in the national archives of Israel and later in the Christian Bible contains about 40 pages of fierce argument between Job and his friends as to the cause – the WHY – of Job’s awful suffering. It’s well worth reading.
But Jersey folk – especially successful men and women may appreciate a shorter answer to Job’s “Why?”
Job’s very own words in his own dust and ashes are on the final page of the book which bears his name. They are addressed to the LORD – the God of Israel, the God of the Lord Jesus Christ. These are they -
1. “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
2. Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
3. I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and am comforted in dust and ashes.”
They need only a little thought, don’t they......
1. In all his suffering he had learnt one thing that he never knew before. Almighty God can do all things. And what he purposes to do cannot, ever, be thwarted.
2. In all his suffering and in all his arguments with his friends he had spoken many words. He now realises that his words were not just words – they were wonderful realities. He had, for instance, said : I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
3. His knowledge – deep down personal knowledge of Almighty God had been transformed. He now saw himself for what he really was – he actually now despised himself – and was wonderfully comforted whilst still in his dust and ashes – comforted by the living God, his Redeemer.