Today’s scripture selection: Job 13-14
Key verses: Job 14:1-2
Job was fed up. He was fed up with the unhelpful “advice” of friends; with their self-righteous attitudes and platitudes. And he let them have it with both barrels.
Not only that – he gave God an earful too. In the midst of all his suffering, which he clearly saw as unfair and undeserved, he lamented:
“Mortals, born of woman, are of few days and full of trouble. They spring up like flowers and wither away; like fleeting shadows, they do not endure.”
That image – of “fleeting shadows” – strikes me.
Life can seem to be just that. Fleeting shadows of…
- Lost youth and innocence
- Unfulfilled Dreams and aspirations
- Failed Relationships
- Unclaimed Opportunities
And when that happens, we are tempted to ask “What’s it all for, anyway?”
Happily, these sections of Job are not the only scriptures we have at our disposal to ponder. As much as we can sympathize, and even identify with, the suffering Job – we can also see beyond it.
Life can be a series of fleeting shadows. But it is the promise of a loving God that along with lost youth and innocence come the promises of age and experience and rich new life experiences. Along with unfulfilled dreams and aspirations comes the hope of different dreams that might hold even more promise than our original ones. Along with failed relationships we can find new ways of relating and loving. And along with unclaimed opportunities we can discover different ways to find our purpose in life.
You see God doesn’t give up on us. Our God is a God of second, third, fourth – infinite – chances.
Though it might not always feel like it – tomorrow is another day, and another chance, for joy.
After all, it is the deepest conviction of historic Christianity that a crucified Jesus was raised again as a resurrected Christ.
So can we be raised again.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for being the God of new life and fresh chances. AMEN.