Job 42

“For you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has” (v8). Job’s complaints, questions, and despair didn’t turn God against him; instead, God criticized Job’s three bombastic friends who pretended to know all the answers (v7). The mysterious Elihu (ch 36) isn’t mentioned at all. Job didn’t nobly and quietly endure suffering; he raged and wept, and yet he remained close to the Lord. In the end, he was rewarded by the awesome, personal voice of God Himself.

“I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you …” (v5). Real comfort comes when we experience the presence of God’s Spirit and know that He loves us.