In the lead up to Sunday’s Old Testament reading, Job has just gone through awful things. War, natural disaster, crime, financial ruin, death of children, disease, betrayal – just about every bad thing that can happen (short of his own death) has happened to Job.
The endless list of bad things all happening to one person can make the life of Job seem too extreme to be real. We’d rather dismiss it as hyperbole and a half, and not think about it.
Because if we do think about it, it gets obvious. We’re all just a couple of awful things away from our own personal “life of Job.” This isn’t just depressing, it’s scary. Why bring this up?
Reality check. We’re good at distracting ourselves, at avoiding the obvious, but this is where (in different ways) we all end up - on our own. And the reason why we need what’s in the rest of Sunday’s readings.
More on this tomorrow.