September 9th 2010

Life After Life

“But man dies and is laid low; he breathes his last and is no more.”
Job 14:10 (NIV)

Many people today might agree with Job’s statement above.

Everything that could go wrong had gone wrong for Job. He had lost his children, his health and his possessions. It appears he was beginning to lose hope completely. Life is meaningless, he thought, and it is all just physical. When we die, that’s it: the end. What’s the point, anyway, of a universe that begins with a bang and ends in a whimper? “At least there is hope for a tree”, he notes, “If it is cut down, it will sprout again…it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant” (14:7-9).

Perhaps we all have moments of doubt when we forget the hope of God sharing his future with us.

Slowly Job came to his spiritual senses. He writes later, referring to God who, through the Eternal Spirit, would reveal himself in Jesus Christ, “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon 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” (19:25-27).

The message of the Bible is that there is life beyond this life. A life with God, a life full of hope and promise, a life secure in the fellowship of the Father, Son and Spirit.

Wonderful Father, thank you for the hope we have in Christ. Thank you that he is our Redeemer and that he lives. In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson

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