“Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful” (James 5:11 ESV).

I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to only consider myself when trials come. Suffering may come my way, and I begin to ask the Lord, “What do you want meto learn here? What am I supposed to see?” And though God does certainly work all things together for good, for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose… I need to understand—we need to understand that God’s purposes are much bigger than just us. Though God is always working to sanctify us and make us more like Jesus (the good in Romans 8:28 is tied to being conformed to Christ’s image in Romans 8:29), He’s doing so much more than just that; He’s working in and through everything for the great good of magnifying His glory in and through redemption—a redemption that goes out to people from every nation and generation, and will eventually fix everything that is broken; God will make every wrong right

We get a glimpse of this in James 5:11 and the insight it gives us into Job’s story. Through all of the trials, suffering, and the attack of Satan upon Job, and the false accusations of his friends and the like, James says that the Lord was accomplishing His purpose and being compassionate and merciful… Though eventually Job is restored, and the suffering and trials stop, ultimately God was compassionate and merciful to Job and to countless others through the story of Job, because what we see in Job is that God is good and enough. That even though Job lost everything, he never lost God, and God is enough. I mean, that’s why Satan went after Job to begin with, to try to prove to God that Job only loved God’s gifts, not God Himself. But Job declares, “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21 ESV).

God was, God is enough. And in and through Job’s story so many of us have been stirred to believe this all the more. So, in and through Job God’s mercy and compassion have been multiplied, and His grand purpose to be glorified has been and is being accomplished… God worked good in and through Job’s story, for Job, but even more so for His people at large; and He does the same in and through us today…

I am nothing; Christ is all!

Pastor Nick