As I’ve progressed in my reading of Job I’ve noticed that his friends become more pointed in their accusations and accuse Job of bringing all his suffering upon himself by his sinful choices. Of course often we do that, but that’s not the situation with Job. The fact of his innocence makes the accusations from his friends even more painful. In 16:2, Job says, “What miserable comforters you are…” Indeed they do nothing to relieve his pain, but rather add to it. So much so that Job despairs of his life. He has lost it all! All hope is gone. Death to Job is beginning to look good. It actually becomes his hope, especially when he considers what might lay beyond the grave. In 14:14 He says, “Can the dead live again? If so, this would give me hope through all my years of struggle and I would eagerly await the release of death.”

Death is his release! His only hope must be something beyond the grave. But without the hope of what lies beyond the grave, there is no hope at all. That’s the true situation for each of us, isn’t it? We are all very temporary, if we do not have a hope which transcends the grave, we have no hope at all.

“But thanks be to God, the father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who through his great mercy has caused us to be born again into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus

Christ from the dead.” 1 Peter 1:3.


” Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” (Job 2:10)