I’ve now finished my blog-series on the book of Job. Following on from Genesis it is the second book I’ve tackled in a chronological walk through the Bible. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it, and been pleasantly surprised by how much variety there is and how many interesting nuggets. It’s a long book often shunned as boring, repetitive or simply being one long pity party, but in fact it’s full of things to challenge us and equip us for modern life. For me it’s brought out questions of faith, relationships and perspective. It has much to say about perseverance, suffering and prosperity, or the lack thereof. This post is a round-up so that you can catch up on anything you’ve missed. If you’re starting here, why not use the links below to read the whole thing, or just a post or two? Enjoy, and watch out for my Exodus series planned for later in the year.
In the court-room of heaven Satan is our accuser but Jesus is our justifier – make sure you have the latter to dismiss the former.
Worship in the hard times is a costly sacrifice, but it keeps us close to God.
When things go wrong you don’t have to try and fix it straightaway; sometimes all a friend needs is solidarity and a shoulder to cry on.
Those who are in Jesus are blameless sinners, a long way short of perfection but perfectly free of blame in God’s eyes.
It’s possible to be technically right but situationally wrong – we all need Godly discernment to know how to apply truth in different situations.
Jesus makes all the difference. When words fail, He paves a way to the answer.
Even at life’s hardest, hope in God will never be put to shame.
There’s no time so dark nor doubts so fundamental that God’s hope and salvation can’t reach us.
There’s no easy equation between sin and suffering – the only constants are God’s love and God’s justice.
He didn’t know Jesus’ name, but take it from Job: our redeemer lives.
Right and wrong is not always clear-cut – we must seek God’s wisdom for how to apply truth with grace.
More of God, less of us: let His perspective transform your situation.
Pruning for the plant, refining for the gold, sanctifying for us: God shapes and improves what He loves.
Forget self-betterment – Jesus is the only perfection you’ll ever need.
Purity for men has never been harder, but God’s grace makes a way.
Epic poetry shows us just one facet of Creator and creation, but it sure is awesome.
When God speaks all we can do is listen, and marvel, even if our questions don’t get answered.
Repentance precedes the blessing; faith activates the blessing.
Thanks for reading. Let me know your thoughts, tell others, and come back soon.