Job 17: Our Plans Are Not Eternal
Job was a good man who wanted to follow God. In Job 17, we see him basically telling his friends to go away and ends the chapter with this image.
Job 17:11 My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart.
Job 17:12 They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness.
Job 17:13 If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my bed in the darkness.
Job 17:14 I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister.
Job 17:15 And where is now my hope? as for my hope, who shall see it?
Job 17:16 They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest together is in the dust.
Keep in mind that all of the things referring to “they” throughout this passage are back in verse 11. We are talking about his purposes and the thoughts of his heart. In other words, we are talking about any plan that he had on earth.
Quite frankly, that stuff dies with you. They always say that you can’t take it with you when referring to possessions, and I would argue that you can’t do it after you are dead. Once you have left the earth, you don’t have the opportunity to follow through on some of those plans you have made. You do not have your hope based on things of earth.
Job’s friends have been very concerned about his material life. For example, back in chapter 15 we heard a lot about why he would never prosper because of his alleged wickedness. However, in this chapter Job is pretty much saying that all of that stuff is only temporal.
Anything physical is going to end up in the dust. Anything that we plan for on earth will only survive on earth.
The obvious implication of this is that we need to look into the things that will survive forever. We need to worry about our spiritual lives. As Christians, our relationship with God will not go away, but it will actually be enhanced when we get to heaven because it will be eternal. That is important.
What happens on earth is certainly important. We are supposed to be busy being the light of the world. We are supposed to be spreading the gospel around the world. Those things are all important. However, always remember that the most important thing is that relationship with God in the first place. It has eternal implications.