The Tenderness of God’s Rebuke

But the Lord’s comfort isn’t the comfort of a gentle consolation, it’s the fiery comfort of counter-charge. Sometimes the only way to correct a person who believes nobody cares about him is to be indignant at the insulting suggestion, causing him to see and know how misguided that belief really is.

Job is never given a direct answer to his questions. He’s not told of God’s dealings with Satan, nor of God’s ultimate purpose in permitting what he does.

Instead, he’s given the one thing he needs—God himself. God himself comes to confront him. God himself comes to console him. God himself comes to reveal some of his own heart, a view of his providence and governance. And this is the dignifying tenderness of God’s forceful rebuke—he deals with Job as someone who merits his care and attention, as someone who, though small and confused, is deeply loved by the Lord of heaven and earth.

Gandalf, Job, and the Indignant Love of God


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