Welcome to Week 3 of our journey into Job! We're still in Chapter six this week. I know you might be saying, "When we will move on?" Two answers: One, this is worth it. And two, next week we'll enter chapter seven :)
We're still exploring Job's initial response to Eliphaz. First he asked "What strength do I have, that I should continue to hope ?" Next he asked "What is my future, that I should be patient?" To see how Scripture responds to each of those statements, see week 1 and week 2 posts. Today we'll look at Job's next response.
In verse 12 Job says "Is my strength that of stone, or my flesh made of bronze?" (Job 6:12, CSB)
Job no longer feels strong or capable of handling one more thing. He hasn't done anything to "deserve" all that has happened to him. Job simply feels defeated. And who wouldn't? Poor Job. How would Scripture encourage him?
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart, my portion forever (Psalm 73:25, CSB)
For every lament, God has the answer. God is the answer. Job didn't need to be strong and neither do we. Job didn't need to feel confident or capable. And again, neither do we. God is our strength and He is able. In his grief and anguish, Job was losing sight of Who he belonged to. He was faithful to God, else God would never have said, "Have you considered my servant Job." (Job 1:8) Though silent in that moment, God was right there with Job. How do I know? Because God says "I am with you" more than 60 times in the Bible. When God repeats something that many times. it's important. Pay attention and believe it!
Friends, we can't forget that God keeps us, loves us, leads and guides us. Is your flesh made of bronze? No. But put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-20) and you'll have no need of bronze. If your strength is not like stone, don't worry because God will strengthen and help you (Isaiah 41:10).
As I leave you this week, let's sum up how Scripture has answered Job so far. Job (and everyone really). Trust in and depend on God. He's able. He's willing. He's got you!