#DailyDevotion Monday May 08, 2017
Life will be brighter than noonday (Job 11:17)
Many times I have been tempted to read only the first two chapters of Job and skip the lengthy conversations in between to the last chapter of the book. Yet a careful read of the conversation between Job and his four friends reveals quite a lot of helpful theology and wisdom for the Christian living. In his judgmental response to Job, Zophar sees that the calamities befell Job because of his sin…s and he actually believes that Job deserves worse than what has happened to him. He says “Know then that God exacts of you less than your guilt deserves” (Job 11:6b). Zophar continues to say that when one devotes himself to God and puts away his sins, his life will be brighter than noonday and such will experience a great security and hope. He states; “Yet if you devote your heart to him (God) and stretch out your hands to him, if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent, then, free of fault, you will lift up your face; you will stand firm and without fear. You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by. Life will be brighter than noonday and darkness will become like morning. You will be secure because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favour” (Job 11:13-19). This is very true in Christian theology that sin enslaves us making us fall short of God’s glory but also steals away our security and hope. But “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:10). An ultimate eternal security and hope is being forgiven of our sins through Christ which not only sets us free from the bondage of sin and redeems us hell fire, but also grants us life eternal in the glorious Kingdom of God. May you therefore seek this security and hope in Christ, that you may be blessed and experience life that is brighter than the noonday, life whose darkest point will be as bright as the morning dawn. Praise the Lord! Rev. J
- Must read Christ the Hope of the Nations
Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are taken from the New International Version (NIV).
Rev. Julius Izza Tabi is a pastor in the Anglican Church of Uganda, Ma’di & West Nile Diocese. Julius served as an assistant Chaplain and lecturer at the Arua Campus of the Uganda Christin University. He is currently a candidate of Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues at Det Teologiske Menighetsfakultet alias the Norwegian School of Theology, in Oslo, Norway. For pastoral assistance you can email him or check how you can reach him here and you can also help to support this site by donating here.