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Monday, October 31, 2011

"OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW." Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs’ life has impacted most every man, woman, and child living today.   His genius to accept the seemingly impossible, and to make it possible, changed our world as we know it.    

Now we have learned that this man’s ability to do so, possibly extended beyond his life, as revealed by his sister, Mona Simpson, in her eulogy.  Ms. Simpson shared that in her brother’s final moments, ”…he looked at his sister, Patty, then for a long time at his children. And then, at his wife, and finally over their shoulders, before speaking  his final words, Oh wow.  Oh wow. Oh wow’”

What the world is asking today is, “What was he experiencing at that moment?”

More, specifically, many wonder, “Did Steve Jobs go to heaven?” 

His sister described the scene in such a way that we are led to believe Jobs’ words were spoken in awe and wonder,  rather than in fear as did the supposed final words , “Stay with me!” cried by Thomas Paine;  or in the lamenting despair of Voltaire’s,  “O, Jesus Christ!” 

Did Jobs come to a saving faith in Christ?  Not by any public profession.  However, Walter Isaacson, author of Job’s just released biography gives some insight into Jobs’ faith exploration at the end of his life.

"I remember sitting in his backyard garden one day and he started talking about God. He said, 'Sometimes I believe in God, sometimes I don't. I think it's 50-50 maybe. But ever since I've had cancer, I've been thinking about it more. And I find myself believing a bit more– maybe it's cause I want to believe in an afterlife. That when you die, it doesn't just all disappear. The wisdom you've accumulated. Somehow it lives on.'"

Jobs’ biography, which was not colored by his own opinions, as he purposely chose not to read it before his death so that all who were included could speak freely, presents him as a complicated and peculiar man, “charming, loathsome, lovable, obsessive, and maddening”.  (New York Times review.)  He was considered a Buddhist, was not apt to be given over to philanthropy, and was described by competitors, friends, and even family members to be cold to the point of cruel .

Not exactly the kinds of things we imagine to glorify God.  Yet, we should remember that scripture says, “Yet, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”   (Romans 5:8)

 We do not become saved by grace because of our goodness, but because of our badness!   Oswald Chambers, a bible teacher in the early 1900’s said, “We are acceptable to God, not because we have obeyed, nor because we have promised to give up things, but because of the death of Christ, and no other reason.”  (My Utmost for His Highest devotion book--October 29th.)

If Jobs came to discover grace in his final moments before death, he would not be alone--there was a man hanging beside Jesus who did likewise.  I sure would like to think that Jobs accepted Jesus as his savior, and is now living with the peace and joy that seemed to evade him in earthly life, as he glorifies his Lord in heaven.

Pain, suffering, and our wayward thinking and behaviors do not need to have the final answer.  God’s love can.  We can know Him through Jesus.

I hope that you do.



  1. Judi,

    Oh, Wow! Oh, Wow! This is so beautifully expressed and I am so happy to hear from you. Just returned from a Speaker's Conference and it was so helpful. Check out Vonda Skelton's new website Christian Communicators. Marcia

  2. Good reading your blog....blessings Judi!

    David Arroyo

  3. Thanks, Marcia. I'll do that! And, thanks to you David. Good hearing from you both!

  4. Judi,

    I, too, like you would like to think that Jobs discovered the grace of God and the salvation offered thru Christ before he passed away. I hope his "Oh, wow's." were declaring the majesty before him. Looking forward to seeing you all at Thanksgiving. Love to all. Fay

  5. I hope so too! Thanks for writing, Fay!