40 days of Sorrow, a walk with Job
April 16, 2019, 5:32 AM

Lent 2019 Day 36 Job Chapter 38

I want to talk about that first verse of Job 38:1, "Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said..." Often times we jump ahead and we want to see what God said, but the Amazing Grace of the whole book of Job is that the Lord answered him. The truth is we have traveled with Job for 36 days now. We have seen his afflictions and sorrows. We have listened to his friends declare that he was a sinner and that God was punishing him. But we had not heard from God.

We tend to want answers why bad things happen to good people. We want to know why days like September 11, 2001 happened. We also want to know, why it seems that God is so distant especially during the times that we need him the most. Everyone is answerable to someone, but God is Sovereign. God does not answer to anybody. God did not have to answer Job. Ultimately Job's friends would have gone home, and God could have healed Job of his disease, and blessed the latter part of Job's life without answering Job. 

Or like what happens in most occassions, Job could have died and been at peace, and the rest of the world would just go on like Job never existed. But no, God with His Grace decides to answer Job. God did not answer Job, because He had to, God answered Job because Job cried out, and God hears the cries of His people. 

There are many verses in this chapter that appeal to me, but I'll limit my talk to just one more, and that is verse 17, "Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death?" This is indeed knowledge beyond Job's ability to know. This verse speaks volumes to what Easter is all about. The gates of death have never been revealed to us. But Jesus not only knows where the gates of death are, Jesus has the keys. Jesus says in Revelation 1:18, "I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death." Who else could conquer death for us, except the one who knows where the gates are, and who holds the keys to let us out? 

I am thankful for the resurrection of Jesus, because He holds the keys to my resurrection as well.

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