How many times have you ever said, “If I knew then, what I know now, I’d certainly do things differently?”
Job is saying this in the last chapter of his book. Surely, Job regrets many of the things he said about God and is ready to repent and do those works “meet for repentance,” (Acts 26:20).
Some of the things Job learned from his trial included:
- Job’s wisdom was not enough to show the patriarch what he needed to see. He needed God’s word for that, and so do we!
- Job understands that God never abandoned him. God has promised to always be with us (Hebrews 13:5). We should remember this whenever we’re tempted to think God doesn’t care.
- Job understands that God had heard him. The truly remarkable thing is that when Job was allowing his sorrow to find release through his mouth, God withheld his hand. God is giving us all the same chance.
- Job realized his need for repentance and confession. Job no longer made demands in this last chapter. He is ready to change and wants to be restored spiritually. Nowhere in the scripture is he demanding God restore his wealth. His most important restoration was the relationship he had with God.
One of the significant things I learned in this study of Job was something Don Shackleford wrote in his “Truth for Today” commentary. He said Job’s office as intercessor brackets the book. God made mention of it in Job 1:5 and it is in this final chapter as Job was instructed to make sacrifices for his three friends.
We have an intercessor, Christ the righteous, “who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works,” (Titus 2:14).