I finished reading the book of Job last month, but I'm still studying my way through it. It's not a book you can just read and then forget about. I just came upon this passage in a commentary I'm reading on Job and saw myself. Just replace Job's name with my own.
Job is restless, but he is not resigned to his fate. He knows there is something terribly wrong. We will see this unrest is itself a paradoxical sign of hope. Job has not given up; he will not give up. He is on a journey, we might almost say, through crucifixion to resurrection. But before the resurrection there must be this terrible loneliness as he is increasingly isolated not only from other human beings but from his own past and future. He hangs suspended between past and future, utterly alone and utterly without the experience of hope in his heart. And yet he will not give up. - Christoper Ash in Job: The Wisdom of the Cross
I may be restless with certain situations or questions of the future in my life, but I have not given up. I may be suspended between the past and the future, but I have not given up. There is a journey from crucifixion to resurrection, where loneliness finds comfort, but it won't be there for long. Thank God for the resurrection and the hope that the Cross brings. Darkness and loneliness no longer have a place in my life. I am no longer resigned to my true fate, death; instead I find life in Christ. That is a reason to sing, a reason to rejoice.
One thing I have learned from studying Job is that even in the darkest of times, or the hardest of times, when we feel like no one is there, Jesus is there. The Gospel is there. Hope is there. Christ is my hope; therefore making Him my future and the Redeemer of my past.
Will you take a lesson from Job and be restless, but not resign?
Job never gave up, even through all of the loss and suffering he endured.
Let us not give up either.
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