Read: Job 19:1-29
I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see Him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! Job 19:25-27
Job was a blameless and upright man (Job 1:1, 8) who ended up facing more personal, earthly trials in the course of a very short time, than most of us will face in our lifetime. And in this chapter, we see just part of his god-seeking-perspective, in response to these trials.
Job was honest about the awfulness of his situation. He didn’t deny the reality of his tremendous loss and pain. But he didn’t look at his circumstances to determine if he had been treated fairly by God.
He seemed to understand that his trust had to be in God alone. Not in the words of his companions. Not in his own human perspective. But in the truth that God’s perspective is much, much bigger and more complete. That God’s perspective is eternal. That God’s concern with what we do with this life on earth, has everything to do with what happens when we are finished with this life on earth.
What about us? When we wake up and face unexpected circumstances, especially difficult circumstances, are we focused on how this looks from our perspective for today? Do we blame God for the things in our lives that are hard or that test us? Or do we concern ourselves with how this may be used for what lies beyond today — for the eternal part of who we are and the God who desires to share eternity with us?
Father God, please give me a perspective with eternity in mind. Please open my eyes to Your plan and purpose for my life from Your, eternal, perspective.