“Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: for He maketh sore, and bindeth up: He woundeth, and His hands make whole.” Job 5:17-18 (KJV)

These words are from the first speech of Eliphaz the Temanite; one of Job’s three friends who had heard of Job’s plight, and came to comfort and encourage him.  They had sat with him for seven days in silence, never saying a word.  Maybe they should have remained silent; but that was not to be.

The words of the verses above are true.  It is a blessed, a happy thing to know that God chastens those He loves (Hebrews 12:7-8).  However, Job was not being chastised for any evil, any wrong he had done.

Job, nor his friends knew anything of the scene which had taken place in heaven.  God was placing trust in Job, and his faith.

Remember when you are disciplined by the Lord that He loves you.  That is a great encouragement.  Let us also remember when it comes to the trials of another that silence is sometimes the best encouragement and comfort that we can give.

We are too prone to the fallacy of thinking that goodness never suffers; and evil always suffers.

We can be encouraged by the fact of knowing that when we err in sin, as one of His children, He chastens us; but all trials, and suffering are not the result of sin.

The answer is that in blessing and in pain rejoice in the LORD, and be a blessing to His name.  Praise Him.

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