Lent Devotional: Job 42
by Jonathan Haefs
Job 42 (click here)
And the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning. (Job 42:12)
God brought Job’s suffering to an end and vindicated him through blessing. He showed Job’s “friends” and all the community that Job had been speaking truth all along. This is what God does for his people, he vindicates them!
Often, the world looks at believers as they suffer and go through so many struggles and (in one way or another) they ask, “Where is your God?” Sometimes we struggle with those thoughts ourselves…but the good news of the Gospel is that God will vindicate his people and show himself to be for them through eternal blessing.
One day, all our suffering will cease. We will dwell with God in endless celebration with no more tears, no more pain, no more sickness, no more sin, and no more death! The ending of the book of Job gives us a temporal picture of the eternal reality awaiting all God’s people. Suffering ends and God wins!
This truth is guaranteed to us by the event that we celebrate tomorrow…the resurrection! The resurrection vindicated Jesus! It showed that everything he ever said was true. It brought his suffering to an end with celebration! And tomorrow, we celebrate that his resurrection guarantees our resurrection! The end of his suffering guarantees the end of ours!
*The complete SVCC Lenten reading guide is available here.