He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said. Job 2:10
When they saw him from a distance, they could hardly recognize him; they began to weep aloud, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads. Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was. Job 2:12-13
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. Romans 6:4
When Job’s friends first saw him they didn’t recognize him. They observed a mourning ritual as if Job had died. They tore their robes, threw dust on their heads, and sat with his scarred body for days without speaking. As quiet as a dead man, Job did not sin in anything he said.
Job’s metamorphosis began with pain and death. A new life awaited Job at the end of his death defying trials. Through Christ Jesus we overcome sin and death. Jesus died for us that we may live a new life. God turns our mourning to gladness.
Provide for those who grieve in Zion-to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 61:3
There’s no way around it. The only way to recover from loss is to go through the mourning. Joy is waiting on the other side. The only way to get from sin and death to new life is through the blood of Jesus Christ.
Thank you, God, for hope of new life in Jesus Christ. You are an awesome God.