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Job affirmed his conviction that God knows what was going on and what was in his heart. Though he did not understand the work of Satan and felt that God was testing him, he still believed that because his attitudes were basically good, God understood him and that he would emerge better than before. He knew that in going through all these, he “shall come forth as gold”, meaning that everything would turn out for good in the end. He knew he would come forth a better person, refined like gold, of precious value.

I lay my hand on my mouth. ” 6 Then the Lord answered Job out of the storm and said, 7 “Now gird up your loins like a man; I will ask you, and you instruct Me. 8 “Will you really annul My judgment? ” In this passage, we see the Lord rebuking Job for contending with the Almighty and reproving God (v. 2), and for annulling His 31 32 Understanding Job judgement and condemning Him (v. 8). It was improper for Job to have done so. Job recognised that he had spoken carelessly (vs. 4-5). We look further at chapter 42: Job 42:1-6 1 Then Job answered the Lord and said, 2 “I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.

Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him. Job 13:18 “Behold now, I have prepared my case; I know that I will be vindicated. Job 23: 10-11 10 “But He knows the way I take; When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold. 11 “My foot has held fast to His path; I have kept His way and not turned aside. The Failures of Job 55 Job believed that God knew what he was going through and that when God had tried him, he would come forth as gold. He believed all that he had been going through would make him a better person.

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