We’ve seen that Job is a devout believer in God, a pillar of his community, and suddenly and inexplicably everything is taken away from him–his wealth, health, family–and he’s plunged into darkness. In this middle part of the book, there are these long speeches by Job, and true to reality, most of the time he’s basically expressing confusion and anger.

Then in this passage, Job wrestles through to a couple of high points of remarkable faith and insight. What we see here is Job coming to grips with three resources that everywhere in the Bible we are told Christians have in order to face suffering. Everywhere from the Old Testament to the New Testament, we’re told Christians have these three resources in order to face suffering: to know the comfort of the presence, to know the challenge of the glory, and the joy of the resurrection.

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on January 20, 2008. Series "Job - A Path Through Suffering". Scripture: Job 13:20-24; 14:7-17.

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