When Job had lost everything, from his children, health and possessions, he remained faithful to God even with all the bad advice from his wife and friends. Its amazing to see the perseverance of one man even though everything and everyone around him was falling apart.
I’m sure that his friends were good companions but they had given him some very unsound advice. Near the end of the book, after everyone else had spoken up including Job, God takes His time for discourse and gives the real solution to the situation (Job 38-41). Job then acknowledges that God can do all things and repents in dust and ashes (Job 42:1-6).
It is then that the Lord told Job about what He told Eliphaz the Temanite about all the bad advice he gave to Job. God says, “My wrath is kindled against you and against your two friends because you have not spoken of Me what is right as My servant Job has” (Job 42:7).
This teaches us three things:
- God sees and hears what we tell others about Him. (Hebrews 4:13)
- It is important to get it right when we tell others about Him (Job 42:7)
- We need to be good students of the Bible to make sure we get it right otherwise we too will see the wrath of God kindled against us. (2 Timothy 2:15)
Too often, we are guilty of sugar coating the message of God. It is so much more comfortable for us to talk about the love of God than the vengeance of God. But, we gotta get it right. God is a God of love but He is also a God of vengeance, too. Don’t sugar coat it any more. God hears us and we need to make sure to get it right!