Blessed is the one whom God corrects;
so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.
For he wounds, but he also binds up;
he injures, but his hands also heal.
From six calamities he will rescue you;
in seven no harm will touch you.
In famine he will deliver you from death,
and in battle from the stroke of the sword.
You will be protected from the lash of the tongue,
and need not fear when destruction comes.
You will laugh at destruction and famine,
and need not fear the wild animals…
…We have examined this, and it is true.
So hear it and apply it to yourself.
From Job 5
Job loses everything, seemingly at God’s hands. His friends come to see him and to offer some comfort, this is what one says.
Looks good, even resonates with other parts of the bible (Psalm 94 for example).
But at the end of the book God is angry with the friends. They have “not spoken of me what is right.” Makes me think about St Paul’s famous clanging gongs.
They’re right, but they’re very very wrong.
I love bits of the bible like this, where it just gets a little bit messy, challenging, real..
But bits like this scare me too: Where am I getting it right, but am actually wrong?
Help me God, to know your truth. Help me to handle that truth humbly, gently and carefully. Guide me Holy Spirit. Amen.