Life and favor comes from God. Job appeals to God as his Creator “Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together” (v.8).
Job recognizes the Lord as the source of all he is and all he has “So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning:” (Job 42:12).
Job terrifying loses and troubles brought home to him the thought of his relations to God with a force never before experienced.
Job is now face to face with God. Huge calamities have swept away all intervening interests, and over the fragments of his life he looks to God his Maker.
Terrible hours of distress reveal the deeper facts of life, as the earthquake exposes the granite foundation of the hills.
Tragedy destroys superficiality. Those who have been through the raging waters of trouble are best able to perceive the Divine Source of all things. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, or peril, sword… For I am persuaded, that neither death, life, angels, principles, powers, nor things present, nor things to come…Nor height, depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God”. (Rom.8).
God has given us essential gifts. Life. can only come from God “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.” (Gen.1:7).
The chemist may analyze the fundamental elements of our bodily, but the suggestive life-principle can never be caught in his test.
The engineer may construct a most delicate machine, but he can never breathe life into it.
God is the one and only Source of life. “For with you is the fountain of life.” (Ps.36:9). Life is the first and most fundamental gift.
Men may bury treasures with the dead, but the silent sleeper in the tomb can never touch one of the gifts that rust and decay by their side.
We must live if we are to own or use anything. We must have spiritual life in order to enjoy the gospel blessings. “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” (Rom.14:17).
Favor, Life is itself a favor. Life is never deserved, yet it is good to live. With life God gives other favors.
Even Job in his desolation did not forget this fact, as some seem to forget it when they murmur against Providence, and complain of the world as though everything were working for the misery of man.
Greater than all earthly favor is the grace of Christ, the favor shown to fallen man in the redemption of the human race by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” (Heb. 9:12).
God’s continues his goodness today. Job acknowledges that his very breath is continued by God’s care “the breath of the Almighty hath given life.” (Job 33:4).
Not only has God create each one of us, he preserves all his creatures. The apostle Paul stated “And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom,” (Tim. 4:18). If he were to withdraw his hand for one moment, we would cease to be., we would cease to be alive.
We are alive now is a sign that God is now good to us.
Present existence is a proof of present providence.
Therefore our thanksgivings should be fresh, not the withered flowers of yesterday, but the blossoms of to-day. Daily renewed mercies call for daily renewed praises.
We have not to look for God, he is with us in the new sunrise, in each day’s life and blessing.
It cannot be as Job supposes. His protest is natural to him, but it is needless.
If God had made and preserved us, it is impossible that he should be turned against. “The lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and ever for evermore.” (Ps.121:8).
God’s past and present favors are proof of his unchanging love.
Though he smites, he cannot hate. Though he withdraws his smiling face, he does not remove his supporting hand.
Creation and preservation are prophecies of redemption and salvation. “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ.” (Rom.3:24).