|Counselor Blankson writes:AS IF IT WEREN’T TERRIBLE ENOUGH that Job lost everything he had, he also had to face rejection by everyone he held dear. This passage is job’s roll call of all the people who have withdrawn physically and emotionally from him, as if his calamities were contagious. He can’t find a sympathetic response from a single relative, neighbor, friend or servant.|
Even those who are left in his family despise him. “My breath is repulsive to my wife,” Job laments. “I am loathsome to my own family”(Job 19:17). He is truly alone in his agony.
One of the benefits of a good marriage is the solidarity of two people against the world. There’s comfort in being fully known and fully accepted. But Job’s wife turns away.
Amazingly, Job’s response to all this rejection is to remain faithful to God. “I know that my redeemer lives,” he says(Job 19:25). God’s presence is so penetrating in Job’s damaged life that he can still conclude that God lives and redeems his own.
The most important thing about his predicament is that, at the end of the passage, Job focuses on seeing God. He moves from feeling deserted to talking about God’s faithfulness.
How difficult it is when, in the midst of painful circumstances, those who are closest fail to offer strength and an encouraging perspective. But when no one seems to care or hear our pleas, we can still say of God, “I will see him for myself. Yes i will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought!”(Job 19:27).
May God heal you of every rejection on every sphere of life.
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