Today's OT reading brings us to the end of Job. There are two things to point out in this passage that are vital to maintaining a healthy faith walk as Christians:
(1) Did you notice that Job never gets the answer to "why" that he was searching for? Instead, he is asked a series of leading questions pointing to "who" God is: the Creator of all things (38:4-11) who continues to work through creation (38:12-38) with an immense concern for life (38:39-39:30), justice (40:8-14), and the power to control the powerful (40:15-41:34). I think this is important to remember when we go through trials that don't seem to make sense. Like Job, we can admit that we don't know everything -- and trust in God's character -- when our life goes off the rails.
(2) God's response to Job's "friends" is also interesting. They've said some very hurtful things to Job, and misrepresented God's intent in this ordeal (42:7). But God doesn't zap them, nor does he ignore the hurt that they've caused (which would have probably meant Job severing his relationship with them). No, the healthy walk of faith being modeled here involves reconciliation and restoration of their relationships. THIS is when Job receives his blessings from God (42:9-10). And that's a great lesson for us to learn as well.