First, he acknowledged God’s unlimited power and wisdom. In Job 42: 2, Job said, “I know that You can do all things; no plan of Yours will be thwarted.”
Second, Job admitted his inability to understand God. Job tried to explain all that happened to his friends, but he couldn’t, and neither could they. Job said in verse 42:3, “Surely I spoke things I do not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.”
Third, after much questioning and receiving no answers, Job finally sought God’s face instead of demanding answers from Him. We read this in Job 42:5, “My ears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you.” Here Job was talking about his spiritual eyes. He had a personal spiritual encounter with God. Job finally just listened to God, instead of doing all the talking.
Finally, Job humbled himself and relied on God. He expressed it this way, “I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.” Job had wanted self-justification. He wanted his friends to know that all the bad things that had happened were not because he was bad. He had demanded answers from God as if he had the right to make demands. He wanted God to justify Himself. Job was full of bitterness and self-importance. In this verse, we hear Job confessing that he is ashamed of how he had made demands of God. Then he repented, which means that he changed his mind about what he had felt and said about God.
Jesus validated what Job finally understood in Luke 13: 1-5. Jesus dismissed the idea that accidents or cruel deaths or poor health are God’s judgments on sinners. He said that all men die. What we need to be concerned about is our own relationship with God because life is fragile and no one knows how long this life on earth will be.
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