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Reflections on the Book of Job: Part 1

Updated on June 20, 2011
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Reflections on the Book of Job: Part 1

1. I believe this is the book to read when you are going through the deepest suffering. There is an element of mystery about it. It speaks of the transcendence of God. What do I mean by ‘transcendence’? It means that God is ‘way beyond’ us. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts; His ways are higher than our ways. (Isa 55:8, 9). His ways are unsearchable, past finding out! (Rom 11:33).

2. It speaks of the transcendent wisdom of God, and the transcendent grace of God. (Which I hope to explain to you in a later hub.)

3. We think we know God. We read the Bible and think we understand. But we need to ask God to open our eyes. Unless God speaks to us, we really cannot know the deeper truths of the word of God. Do you think man by his limited understanding can really apprehend God?

4. Sometimes, immature Christians get excited when they receive light on certain truths in the word of God. They behave as if they are a ‘chosen few’ who have received ‘select revelation’. Alas, such people become a hindrance to God!

5. Mere light is not enough. The truth revealed to us has to be experienced by us. Understanding comes through bitter experience. The Bible opens itself up, reveals its deeper truths, to those who suffer. Suffering is the gateway to truth. So while we pray, ‘Open my eyes, O Lord, that I may behold wondrous things out of Your law (word)’ (Psalm 119:18), we should be prepared to accept the deep work of the cross in our lives.

6. Preaching Jesus Christ and Him crucified doesn’t mean preaching something about Jesus, but preaching through actually experiencing and thereby knowing the ‘fellowship of His sufferings’. The message has been ‘burnt into you’ or ‘wrought into you’ by painful experience. The fact remains that God teaches us through deep sufferings. It is the school of 'trials and testings'.

7. Why not revelation only? Revelation by way of mere light can make a man puffed up. Sufferings, on the other hand, humble a man. God hates pride; God hates self-righteousness. So He balances revelation with suffering.

8. Look at poor Job. According to the law, he was blameless. But this legal righteousness was not sufficient. It made him self-righteous. Why, in the entire book, barring the last three chapters, we find him standing entirely upon his own righteousness. And he was a man, declared by God to be blameless, upright, God-fearing and eschewing evil. Job 1:1, 8. God calls him ‘My servant Job’. And despite the fact that he was approved by God, God deemed it necessary that Job should go through the terrible experiences described in chapters 1 and 2. So that Job could come to know God in a deeper way and be delivered from self. Job says in the final chapter, 'I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; but now my eye sees You.' (42:5). And he retracts what he has spoken and repents and humbles himself in the dust.

9. We 'see' God, we come to 'see' Him in a deeper way, only through the painful and inexplicable experience of the cross. From the book of Job, positioned as it is in the Bible next to the Psalms (where we hear similar outcries), it seems there is no other way except the subjective experience of the cross that brings us to a deeper understanding of God. I think this is what Paul meant when he said, 'I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.' 1 Cor 2:2.

© Roland Oliver/Pratonix

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      Lori Colbo 7 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      You are a great communicator of biblical truth. Nothing could be more true that suffering brings about righteousness and humility. You said, " Revelation by way of mere light can make a man puffed up. Sufferings, on the other hand, humble a man." This really rang true for me. Before I went through two years of great suffering, I had so much spiritual pride and thought I had God all figured out. The two years were the most humbling times of my life. I no longer think I know it all, I have had to repent, and get myself "right-sized" before God.

      Thank you Pratonix. God bless you.

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      johnnynaakea 7 years ago

      Great word! We need to consider it all joy when we are facing trials and tribulations. The Puritans have a saying, "Whenever I am in the cellar of God's afflictions, I look for God's choicest wines."

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      Mark Calhoun 7 years ago

      Great article and insights brother! I'll link this to Disciple Life on FB, for the edification of others. Blessings!

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      ANGIE FARRUGIA 7 years ago

      through our difficulties makes us our true IDENTITY IN JESUS who we are and who HE is in our we go through our journey with HIM we will experience sufferrings but HE is with us in that moment of times HE said we are not alone .He carried our sorrows and bore our we are participating on HIS sufferring we experience our oneness with HIM which is eternal life through HIM He said we can not come to the Father except through HIM...HE is the way ,the truth and LIFE,,....for those who desire life come to HIM....with open heart....and allow HIM to come oin your life so you may have that life abundant to the fullest....AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Margaret Ramlall 7 years ago

      Suffering produces a harvest of righteousness, (Heb. 12:11).

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      fred allen 7 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      Awesome! Truth! Even Jesus learned obedience through suffering. Hebrews 5:8 . No servant is above his master.

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      Darlene Turpin 7 years ago

      I truly loved this message..I loved reading Job and what faith he had in Jesus! yes we must go through trials and tribulations, and does humble you beyond compare..

      Great Hub..

      Voted up, beautiful and awesome!