Job 42: 7-17 The Epilogue Summary

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In Job 42:7-17, the “Epilogue”, there is controversy on whether Job’s actions were just or not. Whether he should have been so bold with God, or if Job should have interacted with God like he did, if we should approach God with honesty or not, and if we should challenge God.

My reaction to the boldness is that Job’s actions were completely appropriate. We are supposed to be bold; “This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord. Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.” (Ephesians 3:11-12). God wants us to be our real selves with Him. In the epilogue, Job did not hesitate to proclaim truth and to proclaim what he wanted. God already knows that truth.
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We are supposed to interact with Him during all times, highs and lows. I have to just sit back and trust God like it says in Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” During hard times I would usually pray about it and ask God to help me deal with it or help the situation because He is divine and all powerful. We are told to ask God for help during trouble, in Psalms it says, “In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me” (Psalm 86:7).

For me, God is someone who I can approach with complete honesty. He knows our hearts and minds. He already knows what we are thinking and feeling so we shouldn’t try and hide anything from Him. Proverbs 12:22 says; “The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy”. We are called not to lie and God knows when we are. We are told to be ourselves because God will accept us where we are at. It says in 2 Timothy 2:15 we are not to be ashamed; “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of
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