Job 14 – What Is The Meaning Of Life?

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This is the third chapter of Job’s response to his friends so far, in which he takes us on a roller-coaster of a ride with his times of great hopefulness and other times of despair. There are many wonderful truths that come out in this chapter, including the concepts that Job sees in nature. For anyone who feels that they are unproductive, that they are dying inside, that all is lost, we are reminded that even a chopped down tree can send out its roots and ‘at the scent of water it will bring forth branches like a plant’ (v.9). There is great hope even for the believers who have died because they will live again, and change will come, such as when there is a new heavens and a new earth (Rev.21:1).

The believers have “Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside”, because of God’s Great Faithfulness! Thanks be to God that we have hope in this life and the life to come, whereas there are sadly many who live and die without hope (See 1 Thess.4:13-14; Eph.2:11-12). In fact not only will God restore and bring back to life those believers who have died (See 1 Cor.15:50-55; 1 Thess.4:15-18), but God has promised to restore the earth and free it from the bondage it is under (Rom.8:20-23).

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