Job finally realized his mistakes, he repents from his shortcomings and God forgave him. The Bible says that if you say you have no sin, you are a liar and the truth is not in you; if you say, you have no sin, you have indirectly called God a liar, but when you acknowledge your sin, God is faithful and just to forgive. He never keeps a record of the wrong done; He throws our sins – past, present and the future into the sea of forgetfulness.
Job said, “ I’m convinced: You can do anything and everything. Nothing and no one can upset your plans. You asked, ‘Who is this muddying the water, ignorantly confusing the issue, second-guessing my purposes?’ I admit it. I was the one. I babbled on about things far beyond me, made small talk about wonders way over my head. I admit I once lived by rumors of you; now I have it all firsthand—from my own eyes and ears! I’m sorry—forgive me. I’ll never do that again, I promise! I’ll never again live on crusts of hearsay, crumbs of rumor.”
Job had become another man because his thoughts had been filled with the thoughts of God. To get the right thoughts about God is to get right thoughts about everything else. If I am wrong about God, then I would be wrong about myself thus affecting everyone around me and inevitably wrong about all. Job’s new contemplations about God changed him; the ostentatious self-vindication, the intense self-gratification, the lengthened arguments of self-defenses were all laid aside, displaced by one sentence, “I am disgusting”.
Definitely it took a very long time for Job to come to this truth; just like it will take so many of us to finally admit like Paul when he said “O wretched man that I am”. The prodigal son came to himself and most importantly we also have to come to the end of OURSELVES for God to start His work in US. This is very important as we all need this at one time or the other in our lives.
Immediately, God had no choice but to forgive his repentant son. Not only did He hear his remorseful words, God spoke to Eliphaz – who exemplified the bulk of those who misrepresent God by their plethora of experiences. He turned to Eliphaz and said, “I’ve had it with you and your two friends. I’m fed up! You haven’t been honest either with me or about me. God then instructed him on what to do: He told them to take seven bulls and seven rams; sacrifice a burnt offering on your own behalf. He told them Job (whom God now describes as His friend) will pray for them, and promised to accept Job’s prayer for his friends.
The content of Job’s prayer would be asking God not to treat his three friends as they deserved; for talking nonsense about God, and for not being honest with Him, as he (Job) had. God wasn’t at all pleased with Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar. He is still not pleased today as we have them as major contenders with the Word of God, which stands and abides forever. Rather than teach the undiluted Word of God, we water down these teachings with tales of experiences, traditions and legalities.
Not only did they seek repentance from God, they also had to mend fences with their friend Job after their long disputes and debates. He had to call a truce between all of them. Job was charged to pray for his friends and when he did, his captivity and fortune were turned around. This is indeed pleasing to see Job’s three friends trade their experience, tradition and their legality for the priceless burnt offering.
It is also pleasing to see Job in the exchange of his bitter invectives for the prayer of charity. The strife came to an end and the war of words is over. What we have now are the tears of repentance, the sweet aroma of the burnt offering, and the embrace of love. God gave Job much more than he had before, all his brothers and sisters and friends came to his house and celebrated. They told him how sorry they were, and consoled him for all the trouble God had brought him. Each of them brought generous housewarming gifts.
The new Job lived another hundred and forty years, he saw his children, saw his grand children even unto four generations. He would also not fail to educate his children on the new things he learnt about God, going forward. He died in good old age and full of days.
It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad – Clive Staples Lewis.
Have an adventurous 2015…