By Debra Whittington: Religion Columinst
Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. Psalm 119:33-35
What is the best book of the Bible to read? One man commented that it was whichever book you were currently reading. Many people have favorite passages or books of the Bible that they repeatedly return to for comfort or inspiration. Other books of the Bible such as Leviticus, Lamentations or Job are books that are often overlooked. Still there are truths within these pages that speak to our hearts at the most unexpected times.
The last month was one of struggle for me after my only brother’s death. I found it unusual that in my daily Bible reading time I would read Job. It wasn’t a book I would normally read at a time like this, but at the beginning of the year I decided to go through my Bible reading using a chronological Bible. This Bible takes the individual books based on what scholars believe were the order in which they were written.
It begins with the creation of the world and then goes onto Job that is believed to be one of the oldest books of the Bible and possibly written before the great flood and the time of Noah.
The book of Job deals with a man of God who is tested through great trials in his life. Through the course of the book, Satan tries to prove that if everything is taken away from Job that he would curse God. The Lord tells Satan that he can do anything to Job, only he must preserve his life.
Job loses his family, all of his possessions and is robbed of his health leaving him with painful boils. In spite of all this adversity, he never blames God for what happens to him. Job has some supposedly good
friends who try to analyze what has taken place and determine that all of Job’s problems are a result of sin. That is not the case at all.
Day after day, I read this account of Job’s trials and the accusations of his friends. Time after time I read these verses and wondered what grains of truth I could glean from them. I felt as though I needed
something more uplifting to get me through my own trials.
Still, with the Holy Spirit’s leading, I continued to read on each day. The first thing I learned was how Job acknowledged the Lord as his redeemer. Job 19:25 states,
“For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.”
Today, I read where the Lord starts asking Job questions.
He asks Job if he was there when he created the earth: “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou hast understanding” (Job 38:4). The point of these questions was to show Job that it is the Lord that is in charge of this world and knows all from the very beginning to the end of the age. Job finally starts to realize the sovereignty of the Lord.
In Job 42:1-3 it states, “Then Job answered the Lord, and said, I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? Therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me,
which I knew not”.
It took almost the entire book of Job for me to get the message the Lord intended for me. All of us go through one form of adversity or another throughout our lives. Unlike Job, we may not lose everything but problems in our lives can turn our lives upside down at a moment’s notice. This world will always have problems because Satan is alive and well on planet earth and will do his best to wreck havoc on this
This world may be full of problems but thank God we don’t have to deal with them alone. We have a sovereign Lord who was there at the beginning of time and is watching over us. He will always be there to see us through our trials and tribulations.