Job 42:7 And it was [so], that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me [the thing that is] right, as my servant Job [hath].
Have you ever heard the saying, “With friends like this, who needs enemies?” If you said yes, you know how Job must have felt. Job’s friends were telling him that if he was walking right with God, he wouldn’t have suffered the loss of all that he had, nor would he be sick. They also implied that if God really loved Job, He would never allow these things to happen to him. Sound familiar? The “denomination” of Job’s friends is alive and well within the church today. Would you note that God declared that they did not speak right about Him.
We are redeemed souls who are living in broken vessels and a fallen world, where sin, suffering and death exist. Earth is not heaven. Praise God for His abundant mercies and grace towards us! Thank God for the truth of the gospel, and the hope that us laid up for us in heaven with Christ. Yes, Jesus did come and defeat the works of the devil. But we are also living in the “now” phase of our salvation. God’s people bleed when they get cut. They cry when they are sad. They get troubled when they see or hear bad news. They get sick and have operations. They die. But we do not lose heart. Nor do we have a lack of faith. We are those who “know that all things work together for good, for those who love God, and are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
The Father loves you, beloved, no matter what you are going through, and no matter what Job’s friends tell you.