I will miss my friend Job! If you are left with anything from this series I pray you remember that the book of Job is not about suffering as much as it is about enduring in the midst of suffering. We all suffer; that’s part of fallen, sinful people living in a fallen, sinful world. It’s a given.
The question is; Will we hold on to our faith in God and endure these trials with God alongside or not? Job never did curse God to His face…instead, he fell on his face and submitted to the author of the universe’s plan.
And that plan included giving those who trust Jesus an inheritance in God’s kingdom and plan. One saint reminded me after the service that the inheritance given to Job’s daughters signaled also the inheritance that we all have in Christ.
He noted that many families fight over, divide over and even squander a generous inheritance, but the inheritance that comes from God is imperishable and unifying. Great words of wisdom and reminds me of Colossians 3:23-24:
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
Our inheritance from God is our reward for persevering in the faith, for working hard to please God and not the world. Job got his earthly reward and then a heavenly reward. We can have both, too, if we work for God and not for man.
So, let’s get about working hard for the Lord in our labors, and, in particular, to get on our knees daily praying for the Holy Spirit to work through us in all the areas of our lives so that we might see people’s greatest need….to know and love Jesus being motivated by these words from Job 19:25:
For I know my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth!
Working hard with you both in prayer and searching for the lost…