Facing Death in the face is hard for the person facing it and the person beholding it. No matter what, it is harder than hard. We do not want to lose our loved ones or our most precious friends but the author of Hebrews reminds us, death is certain. In those difficult moments, we want to be sensitive, not harsh. Unfortunately, there are the Bildads and Zophars who think they know what we should do to prepare. Ever met them or experienced them? Or worse—-are you one of them?
Bildad offers his take on wickedness in hopes that Job will see himself in that light. He seems to know that the “king of terrors,” a.k.a. Satan is behind all of this and if Job doesn’t change he will go the way of all wicked men. All of his descriptions are true and graphic. We should stop and wonder why Bildad is so sure that Job fits this category? How often do we act like Bildad when we can’t get our friend to face “facts?”
Job responds that yes he understands the ways of the wicked and yes he understands that the Almighty weighs in and yes that is the way all of this happens…BUT… you fear the sword—I do not. I know this that even in my deepest moment of crisis, God is my Redeemer and I will see Him face to face one day.
You remain in your fear; I will trust Him who holds my destiny in His hand.
When a dear friend is suffering and they are asking “why,” and you think that death is imminent employ love, not fear. Don’t assume you know the plan God has for them. Instead, help them cross the great divide by having them look to the Redeemer not the “king of terrors.” If you aren’t sure of how to do this, take the letter from the Redeemer himself and read it:
He is life, He knows the beginning from the end. He is the resurrection and the life. He has crossed the great divide and He has the answers.
Even in this darkest of times, Job sees the light; he is sure of his vindication but not the when or how.
Send me a note if you don’t know who the Redeemer is; let’s talk.