I have studied the book of Job in seminary, lead classes on it, and preached through the entire book one year. The lectionary passage for this week is one I have preached on at lest three times before. Yet, as I again read text again I once again find that one cannot exhaust the Word of God because it is a living Word to us that gives insight and instruct as life changes around us.
As I read and re-read the passage, I am again amazed at the heart of Job and the commitment he has to his faith. I cannot help but feel fear and desire as I read this passage. The desire is that I might have the faith and endurance that Job had. The fear is two-fold. First, fear having to face what Job faced. I could care less about the wealth, or even having to face a disease, but to lose ones family or to see the faith of my wife challenged is a pain to be dreaded. Second, I fear I would not have the strength in my weakness that Job had.
This passage makes one think about the kind of faith we possess.
I think I have found my sermon topic and title.