Job is still clinging to his righteousness. “My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go.” Job refuses to cave into his friends’ false teachings about the Lord and suffering. However, Job is confused about the source of his righteousness. When put on the defense by his friends, Job starts justifying himself based on his own merit. The Lord did declare Job blameless in the beginning of this story but that wasn’t based on Job’s standard of living. His righteousness is based on his faith in the Lord. So yes, a godly, righteous man is enduring extreme suffering for God’s purposes. Jesus Christ will have to do the same. Jesus, the only perfect man to ever live, will have to die a horrific death so that you and I can be righteous and have an intimate relationship with God. Romans 5:18-19 says “Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.” These verses explain that Adam’s disobedience in the beginning of this Story kicked in God’s redemption plan to send Jesus to make us righteous. Job’s story points to Christ as do all these small stories within the beautiful Big Story so keep reading! Jesus is coming!