(Today's post by James Rooks)
“It came about after the LORD had spoken these words to Job, that the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is kindled against you and against your two friends, because you have not spoken of Me what is right as My servant Job has. “Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, and go to My servant Job, and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves, and My servant Job will pray for you. For I will accept him so that I may not do with you according to your folly, because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.” So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the LORD told them; and the LORD accepted Job. The LORD restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the LORD increased all that Job had twofold….. And Job died, an old man and full of days. – Job 42:7-17 NASB”
You had to know it was coming. God was going to have His say. He would not remain silent forever. So we come to the conclusion of Job's story, and God spoke. The three friends had been wrong all along about Job and about God. Job, on the other hand, had been right about God, and God restored him. Now, Job did question things, and God responded with some questions of His own. Ultimately though, Job didn't know the end of the story before it happened, but it is evident that he knew God's character.
Today's blog post won't be as long as some of my others because I don't want to give a long story or explanation and have it hide a very simple and important truth. God always has the final word. He's not just the Beginning, He's also the End. It doesn't matter if the chips are down, if the odds are stacked, whatever…God still has the last word.
In the beginning, after Adam & Eve had fallen to sin and it appeared that Satan had been successful at messing up humanity … God had the last word. When the giant stood before the Israelites and defied God and His people … God had the last word. When the disciples turned and ran as Jesus was beaten, mocked, and crucified … three days later, God had the last word. As we look ahead to Jesus' second coming, no matter what happens in the world between now and then, He will have the last word.
When I look around and see suffering, set-backs, heartaches, and all different kinds of injustice, I take heart knowing that God has the last word. For those that know Jesus as Savior, this is a comforting thing. Even those that we know who've gone to be with the Lord in losing a battle with a sickness can take heart because they know they're going to be with Him. We know that we can lose everything, even our own life, and be at peace because of this.
Then I think about those who are apart from the Lord and who have not trusted in Jesus. The fact that God has the last word in judgement will be quite troubling. Living in rebellion or denial of the Creator? How does knowing that He has the final say in this effect you? For those that trust, knowing that God is just is a source of comfort. For those that rebel, not so much.
It is my hope that even at the close of the book of Job, that we see the urgency in getting the Gospel to the lost. As good as the story ends for those that believe, the final chapter for those that do not is bleak. Let us be ready in all seasons to give a reason for our hope.