Sometimes what is not said in Scripture is just as important as what is said. Take the word servant, for example. In the closing chapter of Job, after Job repented, God referred to him as “my servant” four times (42:7-8). If you turn to the opening of the book, you will see God refer to Job twice as His servant in His conversations with Satan (1:8; 2:3). In between? Zero.
Upon noticing this, we are compelled to ask why. The answer is instructive. At the opening of the book, Job is God’s servant primarily in his role as family priest. In the end, Job is serving God through restoring Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar. But in between these events, Job failed to be God’s servant. He failed to use what he was experiencing to push the three others toward God and instead defended himself. Even in times of adversity and suffering, God still desires that we serve Him. Our service to Him is not conditioned on what we experience; it is conditioned on who we are—His children.
In what ways can you serve others this week by pointing them to the gospel?