In our passage today, we have 3 sections:
- Job repents for his foolishness and praises God (v. 1-6)
- God rebukes Job’s friends for their misinterpretation of Himself (v. 7-9)
- The Lord restores Job and his belongings (v. 10-17)
I believe we can take something away from each section:
- Understand that God’s knowledge is more than we can comprehend. There will be times in your life where you might ask God something like, “Why is this happening to me?” While we might not understand what He is doing, we need to trust in His ways. We should never question God’s authority and power, but instead humbly submit ourselves to follow Him, even if it does not make sense. Job learned this after he blamed God for everything.
- If the Bible does not make something clear, do not just assume something about God. Job’s friends were wrong in that they thought Job was sinning and that is why he was being punished. They did not have any evidence for their claims. Now if there are some gray areas in life, we can draw conclusions based upon what the Bible says and how God has revealed Himself, but we can never just assume something because we think it is right.
- God is a good God. Once Job had repented, God forgave him and restored things to him. This is not an example of the prosperity gospel (if you do good then God will bless you). This is about God showing His faithfulness to someone who has a relationship with Him. God did not have to restore everything to Job, Job had already repented, but God did restore it because He is good and He loves him.
What an amazing ending to the story of Job! Through all the trials and sufferings, Job sees that the Lord is good in all times, and God even restores more to Job than he previously had.
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice