Understanding Job’s friends

In the book of Job there is an extensive dialogue between Job and between his friends who are sitting with him. Each takes turns trying to reason with Job on why God would afflict him in such a way. Job responds and argues his righteousness before God.

There is a certain difficultly sorting through the things that are being said and deciding if they are worth hanging onto, or if they are lousy answers that humans are attempting to understand Job’s suffering.  Every now and then, there is a passage that I know is true.

Job 34:14-15

14 If He should determine to do so,
If He should gather to Himself His spirit and His breath,
15 All flesh would perish together,
And man would return to dust.

The power of God is apparent, and this friend knows it. Life exists because God allows it. Suffering or not God is still giving life its breath. When the power of God is shown this clearly it is both the most disheartening and the most comforting thought.  As the disciples witness that Jesus can calm the storm by just speaking to it, they too get a glimpse of the power that God has over life.


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