Does Job serve you for nothing?

"Of course Job loves you, God, because he is rich and you have blessed him a ton," so says Satan the great accuser of the brethren about Job in the court of heaven.

In Keller’s book on suffering, no surprise he spends some time on this great book. Here is One of my favorite quots on that section:

He took the condemnation we deserve so God can accept us. For Jesus is the ultimate Job, the only truly innocent sufferer. Jesus “was willing to live the life of Job to its ultimate conclusion. He was willing to die while considered by friend and foe alike to be a fool, a blasphemer, even a criminal – powerless to save himself.”

As Job was “naked,” penniless, and in physical pain (Job 1:21), so Jesus was homeless, stripped naked, and tortured on the cross. While Job was relatively innocent, Jesus was absolutely, perfectly innocent, and while Job felt God abandoning him, Jesus actually experienced the real absence of God, as well as the betrayal of his foolish friends and the loss of family. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus saw that if he obeyed God fully, he’d be absolutely abandoned by God and, essentially, destroyed in hell. No one else has ever faced such a situation.

Only Jesus truly “served God for nothing.”

Note: Four surprises in the book of Job:

A. God shows up as Yahweh in the storm and Job is not annihilated.

B. God doesn’t say WHY Job suffers: God doesn’t tell why he suffers nor does he punish Job like his friends say will happen. God does say: look at the splendor of my creation.

C. He says Job is not smart enough or powerful enough to be THE judge.

D. He says Job was right and his friends were wrong.

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Driven like a nail…

“Christianity teaches that, contra fatalism, suffering is overwhelming; contra Buddhism, suffering is real; contra karma, suffering is often unfair; but contra secularism, suffering is meaningful. There is a purpose to it, and if faced rightly, it can drive us like a nail deep into the love of God and into more stability and spiritual power than you can imagine.”

“While other worldviews lead us to sit in the midst of life’s joys, foreseeing the coming sorrows, Christianity empowers its people to sit in the midst of this world’s sorrows, tasting the coming joy.”Quotes from Tim Keller’s book, Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering.

Dr. Lloyd Jones could be quiet and content because he knew he had been given an everlasting name.

THE STORY IS TOLD of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, one of the most influential preachers of the twentieth century. When he was dying of cancer, one of his friends and former associates asked him, in effect, “How are you managing to bear up? You have been accustomed to preaching several times a week. You have begun important Christian enterprises; your influence has extended through tapes and books to Christians on five continents. And now you have been put on the shelf. You are reduced to sitting quietly, sometimes managing a little editing. I am not so much asking therefore how you are coping with the disease itself.
Rather, how are you coping with the stress of being out of the swim of things?” Lloyd-Jones responded in the words of Luke 10:“[D]o not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven” (10:20—though of course Lloyd-Jones would have cited the King James Version)…. It is so easy to rejoice in success…
Our own wonderful acceptance by God himself no longer moves us, but only our apparent success.
This has been the sin of more than a few “successful” pastors, and of no fewer “successful” lay people. While proud of their orthodoxy and while entrusted with a valid mission, they have surreptitiously turned to idolizing something different:success. Few false gods are so deceitful. When faced with such temptations, it is desperately important to rejoice for the best reasons—and there is none better than that our sins are forgiven, and that by God’s own gracious initiative our names have been written in heaven.”