In Job 29, he reminisces about how life used to be. “Oh, that I were as in the months of old, as in the days when God watched over me….and by his light I walked through darkness”. Life was good in the old days. Job was walking with God and under His protection. He was in his prime and a friend of God. He had his family around him and was blessed. He goes on to describe more of how life was, and there might be a hint of pride and power in the words as he spoke of those days gone by.
He talks about how those around him responded when he came into their presence:
- “the young men saw me and withdrew
- the aged rose and stood
- the princes refrained from talking and laid their hand on their mouth
- the voice of the nobles was hushed, and their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth
- When the ear heard, it called me blessed
- when the eye saw, it approved”
Is there a bit of pride there? Maybe, but certainly he wielded power and a big stick.
He goes on to describe the way he impacted those less fortunate in his patch. He was a good man, living a good life, doing very good things for the downtrodden and weak. “I delivered the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to help him….I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame. 16 I was a father to the needy, and I searched out the cause of him whom I did not know”. Job made a difference for those less fortunate. He was their advocate and friend.
He was a man who had power and influence. Scripture tells us he “sat as chief, and I lived like a king among his troops”. All this while walking carefully and closely with God. Remember how God talked about him as we started this journey through Job’s life. Job was a righteous and good man. And as he reflects on life here, he has plenty of great things to talk about that are part of a resume of impact and good. His legacy is strong even with all the pain and suffering he has endured.