There is a lot of human drama in the book of Job. Most of it is centered on long dialogues between the human players in this story. What I love about Job was his endurance to stay the course in getting the answers straight from the mouth of God. ‘Righteousness’ is a big deal. ‘Righteousness’, when truly understood, is an individual right. It is not a ‘group’ thing. ‘Rightness’ comes from God in working through and in any situation. That is where Job stayed the course.
Job’s three friends had flaws in their thinking. Job had obvious questions for God , and we are made aware of the big questions he had in his own thinking.They were all products of the world around them. In the end, God told Job to pray for for the three friends. God does not take sides, he is all about what’s right. God’s intent was growth for all of them: Job, and the three ‘miserable comforters’. God showed himself to all 4 of them. I assume Job’s friends learned that it is about looking for God rather than sin. Job learned about ‘seeing’ God! All’s well that ends well!
There is another player in the scenario: Elihu. He disappeared in the end. When one honestly reads through his drama, he’s not someone you would like to encounter in your local bible study. Job did not answer or argue with him and it seems, despite man-made chapter breaks, God’s whirlwind swoops down, interrupts and clears the air.
The lesson of ‘righteousness’ a big theme in the Book of Job. Despite our questions and flawed thinking at times, we have the right to humbly ask for answers to life’s questions. We have the right to the throne room of God. Guilt and shame can shut the door but Jesus Christ opened it for us in the New Testament. Guilt and shame clouded and covered the light, Jesus Christ unveiled it. We have access to God, not thru some veil, but with clear bold access we too get to ‘see’ him distinctly.