Genesis 46; Mark 16; Job 12; Romans 16
Fun fact: We get the term “by the skin of one’s teeth” from Job 19:20.
I used to avoid reading Job at all costs. God placing Job into Satan’s hands was terrifying. And then that slowly changed.
It dawned on me (I have these brilliant moments) that Job was a real flesh and blood man as I was watching an old episode of Globetrekker in which the intrepid traveler visited Job’s tomb in Oman. That stirred my interest in Job the man.
Then suffering descended around me. I’ll spare you the details, but my family and friends were in the thick of it. Suddenly, the book of Job opened up to me as never before and Job became a very dear friend.
“But ask the animals and they will teach you, or the birds of the air and they will tell you, or speak to the earth and it will teach you, or let the fish of sea inform you. Which of these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:7-10.
These words ushered the peace of God into intensive care units and emergency rooms or as well as into some very long, dark nights of anxiety and prayer. Job 26:14 spoke of God’s unseen power. Job’s experience was a “whisper” of what Christ was to do over thousand years later as well as what He does every day. I could rest in the fact that my life and the lives of those I love are in God’s hands.
Lord, thank you that I have you to cling to no matter what comes my way. By your grace may I always praise your name and trust in your goodness. Amen