The Book of Job is a gripping, dramatic story, but the lessons derived from it are more valuable than the story itself. Many who have read the Book of Job know little about it because of the complexity of detail, the type of language, and the thinking that was employed by the wise men of the East. These “comforters” were all wise in this world’s thinking; they were known for their apparent innate, natural wisdom in matters of everyday life, as is evident from the way they talked. Job, too, was a wise person along these lines, but far superior in his thinking.
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God’s love was not previously manifested; for over four thousand years only the severity, the justice of the divine character was manifested, though a hint was given to Abraham and subsequently through the prophets, that God had kind sentiments toward the fallen and tainted race, which in due time would bring blessings to all the families of the earth.
The Christian course of self-sacrifice cannot be one of ease and continuous smooth-sailing and peace. There may be a calm now and then, but storms and battles are the rule; and he who courts ease and peace at the expense of the principles of truth and righteousness, or who is so indifferent to the value of those principles as not to study to discern them in order to defend them, is not a faithful, overcoming soldier of the cross. “Ne’er think the victory won, nor once at ease sit down; Thine arduous work will not be done till thou hast gained thy crown.”