It has been a while since I have reblogged another blogger’s post (see below for post), but I really like what “Thought For the Day” has to say in this post regarding the suffering and deliverance of Job and how Elihu explains how God delivers people from their suffering. Elihu was a young man full of wisdom who waited his time until it was the right time to speak to Job. His words are found in Job 32-37.
The Book of Job deals with the problem of suffering and the redemptive process through suffering. It is a book we can learn much from especially when our world suddenly turned upside down. After the words spoken by Elihu in Job 32-37, the Lord speaks to Job in Job 38-41. Some of the most humbling words spoken by the Lord in the Bible are found in those three chapters. And they completely humbled Job. They should humble us, too (see Job 38-41). Here is Job’s response (Job 42) and how the the Lord restored Job by blessing the latter half of his life with twice as much than he ever had before his suffering took place.
Then Job replied to the Lord:
2 “I know that you can do all things;
no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
3 You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know.
4 “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.’
5 My ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen you.
6 Therefore I despise myself
and repent in dust and ashes.”
7 After the Lord had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has. 8 So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.” 9 So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did what the Lord told them; and theLord accepted Job’s prayer.
10 After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before. 11 All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the Lord had brought on him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring.
12 The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. 13 And he also had seven sons and three daughters. 14 The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch. 15 Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.
16 After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. 17 And so Job died, an old man and full of years.
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Recently someone asked me why I share my study of Job so much? Am I fixated on suffering? I actually gave him two answers. First, I share it because, in my heart, it is the most important study I have ever written. If I had never written another study or message, I would have been satisfied. In this one study I touched my Father’s heart unlike anything before or after.
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