The prayer of unselfed love blesses all

One of the dramatic object lessons in the Bible is found in the story of Job. We read of his intense despair over disease and personal loss; his profound inner wrestlings as he strove to reconcile personal experience and faith; and finally his vision of God's nature and the restoration of his spiritual and physical well-being.

The poetry of the book of Job is considered a masterful achievement in the history of world literature. Yet the book, which is the product, most believe, of more than one man's inspiration, is sublime not only because of style and form. It grapples with the deepest of questions concerning life's meaning and man's relationship to God.

Consecration, fidelity, the righteousness that God bestows, man's purpose to glorify God—these are all lessons to be gained from the narrative of Job's experience. But there is another element, lightly touched on in the prose epilogue only, that to the student of Christian healing plays an important role in the resolution of Job's trials and sufferings. It is Job's prayer for his friends.

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October 4, 1982

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