...as JOB finally understood God

The Biblical story of JOB is very much misinterpreted and misunderstood and distressingly mispreached in this modern era, as it simply tells of a man who did all the right things he was supposed to do, and yet still didn't know God.

Holding to all the religious laws and sacrifices his religion demanded, even going out of his way to cover his children's indiscretions, by what sociologists would today call a messiah complex, Job was brought low to see if he'd blaspheme God or not. It was in his favor that he didn't diatribe against his Creator, although a supposed friend told him to "curse God and die."

The point of the story is to show his mistake was in not having God as a senior life partner, but to only regard God as a venerated far-off phenomenon -- as a distant deity to be worshiped and adored atop a pedestal never to be touched. God very much dislikes such distancing.

What the story shows is that God wanted to be Job's daddy rather than a celebrated image, to be more than just Job's aloof maker but valued and respected as a good father, even one to be successfully argued with, and not regarded as a senior magistrate to be formally petitioned.

Think of our own lives here. Don’t we regard workplace bosses and government officials as if objects of worship never to be touched or befriended -- never to be challenged but held in godlike esteem?

While most leaders truly enjoy slavish adulation, God himself doesn’t like it. He prefers his creations as trusted comrades instead. It's the reason He made us.

So no, God wanted neither to be Job's king nor dictator but his senior partner, just as He wants with each one of us. God wants to hold our hand and guide us with sound advice, even to fixing things for us and arranging our good circumstances.

That's why God arranged for us to be both child and parent ourselves, so we'd know what it's like, because, as children, we do not worship a good parent but revere, trust and partner with one. As good parents, we love, value and treasure our children in return, even to fulfilling their needs, wants and whims.

Thus Job grasped that we are to partner with God one-on-one, to revere and learn from Him as if He were a good parent, and not hold Him up as an imperious objet' d'art.

It's God's desire to be our major influence -- to not be quelled by the gee-gaws of this world but to thrive in His conscience. The story of Job's life was writ in order that a one-on-one partnership with God should bring us to our betterment.

Plus it teaches us to never be more sentimental than He is.