“Mortals, born of woman,
are of few days and full of trouble.
They spring up like flowers and wither away;
like fleeting shadows, they do not endure.”
“ If someone dies, will they live again?
All the days of my hard service
I will wait for my renewal to come.”
Job 14:1-2, 14 (NIV)
Today’s complete text is Job 14:1-14.
Job knew he was a good man. Not sinless, but righteous. Why, then, had he lost everything? And why did God choose man to “pick on” when man’s life is so short? Couldn’t God just leave man alone?
“A person’s days are determined;
you have decreed the number of his months
and have set limits he cannot exceed.
So look away from him and let him alone,
till he has put in his time like a hired laborer.” (vs. 5-6)
There are some passages in the Old Testament that speak to everlasting life with the Savior, like Daniel 12:2: “Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.”
But Job didn’t have access to those words. He had only his relationship with God, and the courage to speak to his Maker freely, and question, and wonder if his sins were the cause of his suffering, or if the rain truly fell on the just and unjust alike.
He’d get answers soon enough. In the meantime, between hope and despair, Job must have remembered how God felt about him, that God’s ways are not ours, but that in His perfect wisdom and love, God had not forgotten his servant.