The “In My Father’s Footsteps” devotions will return in September of 2019. Enjoy this devotion from the archives!
my words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book!”
Job 19: 23
A few years ago, my father was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. This a type of blood cancer that can be very treatable.
All praise to God that it is in remission! But the doctor warned that in these cases it tends to only stay in remission for 10-15 years.
We talked on the phone recently and he was telling me how he thinks of that, how he doesn’t have a whole lot of time left on this earth.
I mentioned that he could think about the legacy he’ll be leaving behind. He told me that he’s leaving behind my brother and me as his legacy.
We do try to be a prominent legacy of my father! He taught us a lot about being a man, being a father and husband, but most importantly about being a man of faith!
I strive to be my father’s legacy. And I have raised my sons to continue the legacy of my father. I’m so glad and blessed that all three of them have been able to spend a lot of time with their grandfather and have gotten to know him so well!
As we continue this series of Job devotions from chapter 19, we have come to the desire of legacy that Job has.
The time period during which Job takes place – sometime around the turn of the 2nd Millennium BC (1800 BC), writing was already highly developed.
“Books” were usually stone or clay tablets and sometimes metal was also used.
Job wants what has happened to him, and especially his words, to be recorded as a legacy. He wants others to learn from what he’s gone through.
And that is exactly what happened. It is quite possible that Job himself wrote all this down, or that it was written down during his lifetime or right after it. This would make Job the oldest book in the Bible (as he lives about 400 years before Moses, who wrote Genesis).
It is an incredible legacy to be able to still learn from Job 3800 years after the fact!
You and I have a similar opportunity for a legacy.
If you are a father or grandfather, your legacy can be your children and grandchildren.
Your community involvement can also be a strong legacy, as is your involvement in your congregation.
But don’t do it to be famous! Being famous and leaving a legacy are two different things.
There’s a lot of “famous” people who we remember but don’t do much for us.
But a legacy gives us lessons, gives us tangible, teachable moments that can transform lives.
Especially a legacy that is infused with God’s grace and mercy – like Job’s!
Of all the things that Job wants remembered, it will be the very next words after he expresses his desire of leaving a legacy.
Words that point us to the Son of God, our Redeemer Jesus Christ.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the legacy that is your holy Word. I pray that you will strengthen me and encourage me to pass on this legacy to the next generation; in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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