Job suffered much at Satan’s hand as God restrained His protection.
35 chapters — Job 2:11 to 37:24 — describe the dialogue between Job and his four friends — Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar, and Elihu. The friends speak wrong of God but Job stays true and speaks only right.
In Job 42: 1-17, Job finally replies to God, and there is the epilogue.
Who is the friends’ God? Eliphaz says Job should have confidence in his own piety. Bildad says Job should plead with God — if he is pure and upright. Zophar counsels that Job needs to devote his heart to God and put away his sin. Elihu points out that Job says there is no profit in trying to please God and that God repays everyone for what they have done. Clearly, the friends have misunderstood God, basing his grace on people’s works.
Who is Job’s God? Job is blameless in God’s eyes. But Job recognizes that he has sinned and pleads with God for mercy. Job 14:16 — “Surely then you will count my steps but not keep track of my sin.”
Job’s God is the God we can trust. He is our redeemer and will see us through every trial. He will take us to the finish line — we’ve just got to hang on, as Job did.