Job 14:13-15 (NIV) 13 “If only you would hide me in the grave and conceal me till your anger has passed! If only you would set me a time and then remember me! 14 If a man dies, will he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewal to come. 15 You will call and I will answer you; you will long for the creature your hands have made.
On verses 13-22: Job longs for life after death, that somehow God would gloriously resurrect his life after he dies (v13-15) and no longer count his sins against him (v16-17). But as much as Job hopes for this, Job sees resurrection as an unrealistic possibility and concludes that life is hopeless (v18-22).
What can we learn from this? Deep down we all wish for immortality. While Job thought his hope for resurrection was nothing more than wishful thinking, those of us who have trusted Jesus as our Saviour have the real hope of resurrection one day. As Jesus says, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26 (NIV)) Jesus promised that those who believe in Him will experience God raising them up after they die. Not only that, Jesus Himself physically, bodily, spiritually, emotionally – in every way – rose again from the grave to prove that His promise was not just wishful thinking or empty words. Thus the apostle Paul can confidently write: “we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep [i.e. those who die], or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 (NIV)). In 1 Corinthians 15:52 (NIV), Paul describes our future resurrection with these words: “…For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.”
Praise God. For Job and for many people, immortality and resurrection are nothing but wishful thinking. But for the Christian, resurrection is a real hope grounded in God’s promise and the fact of Jesus’ own resurrection. When you have Jesus, death does not have the last word on your life; resurrection does.
Lord Jesus, thank You that in You I have a hope that is stronger than death. Just as You died and then rose from the grave never to perish again, thank You that one day when I die, I will rise again too. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!