The Book of Job contains many important lessons. We learn from it the end pursued by the Lord towards Job, that is the blessing of the believer. The obstacle to this blessing was in the heart of Job. All his trials will serve to bring out that which was hid in his heart and free him in order that he may better appreciate God's own heart. His three friends remind us of legalism, tradition and experience which so often inspire the discourse of miserable comforters such as Job's yet still serve God's wise purposes. Elihu reminds us of the person of the Lord Jesus as he expresses the thoughts of God in all this. The apostle James speaks of Job's testing in these word: "Ye have heard of the patience of Job and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercy" (James 5:11). So the trials manifested hearts; those of Job's friends, Job's and finally God's. May we truly benefit from the reading of these 42 chapters of the book of Job, a length which suggest to us the extent of our time of testing. Our trials, as part of the church or as believers, will shortly be all over having manifested, we can all confess, many sad failings. But we anticipate with confidence and joy the end of the Lord Who will very soon lay bare the counsels of the hearts and will give praise to each of His own (1 Cor. 4:5). He who justified Job before his friends, although he had been at fault also, is the same One Who justifies us (Ro. 8:33, Is. 54:17). Soon we will all know and appreciate, without a doubt, the fullness of love revealed from His heart and all bow together and worship HIM alone.
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