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“After the LORD had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because YOU HAVE NOT SPOKEN THE TRUTH ABOUT ME, AS MY SERVANT JOB HAS.”

(Job 42:7) [As we are aware Job suffered great trials, both physically and mentally, and much tribulation!] “When Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement TO GO AND SYMPATHIZE WITH HIM AND COMFORT HIM.” (Job 2:11) [When you go to comfort a friend who is being tempted by the devil, MAKE SURE YOU ARE PRAYED UP AND READY TO BATTLE WITH THE DEVIL! Otherwise he will use you to HELP HIM. For several chapters Job’s “friends” tried to convince him that the reason he was going through this was because he sinned against God, but Job remained faithful!] “So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I WILL ACCEPT HIS PRAYER AND NOT DEAL WITH YOU ACCORDING TO YOUR FOLLY. You have not spoken the truth about me, AS MY SERVANT JOB HAS.” (Job 42:8) [As long as we are truly righteous before God we may have our righteousness clouded and hidden by excessive and unusual afflictions, by the severe criticisms of our “friends”, often times because of their own frailties and foolish passions, by the sharp reproofs of the word and conscience, and the deep humiliation of their own spirits under the sense of God’s terrors; and yet, in God’s time, these clouds will all blow over, and God will bring forth our righteousness as the light and our judgment as the noon-day! So, hold fast, and remain faithful!!!] “So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did what the LORD told them; and THE LORD ACCEPTED JOB’S PRAYER.” (Job 42:9) [If you don’t have a friend like this, seek the Lord to lead you to one, we need help (the righteous kind) on our journey!] “After JOB HAD PRAYED FOR HIS FRIENDS, the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.” (Job 42:10) [The mercy of God did not return when Job was disputing with his friends, no, even though he had right on his side, but WHEN HE WAS PRAYING FOR THEM; for God is better served and pleased with our warm devotions than with our warm disputations!]

 

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that WISDOM IS MORE PROFITABLE THAN SILVER AND YIELDS BETTER RETURNS THAN GOLD. WISDOM IS MORE PRECIOUS THAN RUBIES; NOTHING YOU DESIRE CAN COMPARE WITH WISDOM!

-Bill Stockham