God visited his righteous servant Job with great sufferings to teach us that God alone is wise.
Job attempts to answer the question, “Who is wise?” The definitive answer is not Satan, not men (Job’s friends), not even the blameless and upright Job, but only God. The book opens with an epilogue establishing Job’s righteousness and the great blessings God bestowed on him (1:1-5). Satan approaches the LORD and accuses Job of merely demonstrating “practical obedience” (1:6-11). God defends Job and turns his possessions and health over to Satan to be destroyed. Yet Job refuses to sin against God by blessing the LORD in the midst of trials (1:21-22). Thus the wisdom of God reigns supreme over the foolishness of Satan. The poetry is dialogue between Job, three friends, a young man, and finally two thunderous, one-sided exchanges between Job and God. Job asserts his innocence while his friends blame Job’s suffering on hidden sin. This verdict they offer distills to “If you have suffered, then you have sinned”.1 Job maintains his innocence, but he reveals his growing desire to exchange his childlike trust in God for a new desire for answers. Even Job proves his wisdom to be utter folly in the light of God’s relentless response, who shows that He alone is wise (38:1-42:6). Thus God’s wisdom triumphs over man’s follies. Job’s test is now complete. Satan and the friends are proven foolish, Job’s integrity is vindicated, his health and wealth are restored, and God stands alone glorified (42:7-16)!
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