Being and Counseling Job

Job — it is a book which I’ve always wrestled to understand, one I had a hard time reading, aside from the first and last few chapters. In a recent post on devotional reading I commended using good commentaries. With the help of one of these in hand I’ve come to see with new clarity that Job richly reveals grace and mercy. It reveals God intimately knowing and understanding us, and those around us, in our deepest valleys of trial, suffering, and spiritual struggle.

Reading and praying through this part of God’s Word I am realizing that I am Job, minus the vast suffering; I am Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, a counselor who needs counsel. This inspired account is undoubtedly here for many reasons. It teaches us empathy with the suffering, humble care, wisdom and compassion in counseling. It examines and convicts our hearts in suffering and prosperity, and the way we interact with others. It brings us to Christ the sovereign Redeemer. And then, by God’s grace, it brings us with Job, Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar into the presence of the living God, in all His holy, sovereign glory, majesty and grace. “Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer You? I lay my hand on my mouth… I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 40:4, 42:5,6) “And the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning.” (Job 42:12)

Tolle lege. Take up and read!