May 2020 Letter

The Patience of Job

 

On May 9th, the Church commemorates God’s faithful servant named Job (Jōb). Job was a blameless and upright man who came from Uz (Job 1:1), a land northeast of Canaan near the border of present day Jordan and Syria. The Book of Job examines the depths of his faith, which was severely tested through the sufferings God permitted. Despite the sudden death of his ten children and the loss of all his wealth and his health, Job refused to curse God, saying, "21Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” (Job 1:21)

Still in the midst of his tribulations Job questioned the meaning of and purpose of suffering to the point of asserting his own righteousness (Job 34:5-6). Finally, the Lord revealed that a man cannot know the mysteries of God (Job 38 – 41). Job’s faith in his Redeemer and the resurrection prevailed (Job 19:25-27). In the end, the Lord restored Job’s wealth and blessed him with another seven sons and daughters.

Like Job, we have all suffered in some way since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some more than others by the loss of a job, income, school, and graduation cancellations. Like Job, God has reminded us that we cannot know His mysteries or His ways, “ “8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

God has indeed promised to provide for all our needs of body and soul and to satisfy the desires of every living thing (Psalm 145:16). He sent His Son Jesus to die alone on a cross in our places, so we would never be alone again. And He will ultimately bring us out of our suffering and into His promised kingdom at His appointed hour, “2 In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” (John 14:2-3)

May’s Blessings!

 

Pastor David A. Feddern