Would he contend with me with great power? No, he would only pay attention to me.

[Job 23:6 NET]

Job was sure that if he could only get to God, that he would find in him a friend. He had been learning more and more of God’s real nature, and had at least some thought of the true character of the mighty God. Especially does he seem to have gotten some glimpses of the divine Redeemer, who was his Friend. Thus a few chapters back he says: “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and that he will stand upon the earth at last. And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought!” Job 19:25-27

Just how much Job really did know of the character of God–we cannot tell. He certainly believed now that if he could come before God, that he would meet a friend.

But we live in full gospel light, and we know that God is our truest and best friend; that he is our Father; that we need never fear to make an appeal to him. He is not against us. His almighty power is not used to oppose us, to break us and crush us. He gives heed unto our cry. He loves us. All his omnipotence is on our side. No mother’s heart was ever so full of love for her child–as is the heart of God for us, his children. We know that God’s thoughts toward us are kindly thoughts of peace.

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