Folks, there is only one logical conclusion. There was a reason behind Job’s suffering. And I think, part of the reason was you and I. Remember I said earlier that there seems to be a link between the intensity of the suffering of Job and the magnificence of the book? Well, there is an obvious link. One is a direct consequence of another. If he didn’t suffer as much as he did, maybe he wouldn’t be as puzzled as he was, maybe his friends didn’t come to visit him because it was nothing serious. Maybe there wouldn’t have been any argument at all. And maybe, God himself wouldn’t have come to shed some divine light on the matter. So, I think that the reason was that there was a need for him to suffer to bring about other good things.
Also, remember in the beginning I said when the book of Job was written, the new testament wasn’t written? Well, in that time, when God hadn’t fully revealed himself to the world in his son Jesus Christ, the descriptions of God’s righteousness in the book of Job would be priceless. So, in his time, Job was an instrument for God to express his character to the whole world. However, now that God has revealed himself through Jesus Christ, does that mean the book of Job is irrelevant now? I don’t think so. If it were so, it wouldn’t be the part of the bible. The book still points to Jesus as every other old testament book does. Also, it has a purpose of teaching the grand lesson that we are learning right now. The lesson is this: The suffering of God’s people is an expression of God’s love to the people who doesn’t know him.
Jesus said, “Take up your cross and follow me”. I suggest, the suffering that Job endured was his cross to bear. So that the people who were far from God, can get closer to him. That certainly happened for his three friends. They understood where they were wrong, and through Job’s prayer, they were accepted before God. God used Job’s suffering as a means to expressing himself to those who didn’t knew him. Job suffered because God loved not only Job, but also his friends. He suffered because God loved you and me.
So, if there is any grand conclusion to draw from all this, it must be what I have stated earlier: The suffering of God’s people is an expression of his love towards those who don’t know him. If you are a follower of Christ, it’s certain that you will suffer. It might be anything, and it wouldn’t make sense when you are going through it. Just as it didn’t for Job. But one thing is certain, you are not alone in your troubles. And it certainly wouldn’t be for no reason. Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard once said, “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” So, once you’ve been through the hard times, when you look back, you wouldn’t find the heinous picture of your suffering, you will find the masterful strokes of the brush of the almighty. Full of grace and glory.
And what fills me with awe and wonder in my inner being are a few lines spoken by Job about Jesus in the midst of his suffering. For who can ever think that a man in such a state as of Job’s, at the height of his hopelessness, can muster enough excitement to say what he did say about a person that he never saw?
For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me! (Job 19:25-27)