The fairy-tale phenomenon could have well found it's root in this very story: life is good; disaster strikes; good triumphs; life gets even better... "and they live happily ever after." We are guaranteed that whatever tragedy we encounter in life, if we trust God, we will always triumph - because He rules.
So God has the last say; Job is vindicated and understands a little better the workings of God. Seeing God for who He really is, Job abhors himself (we always stand condemned in the presence of the Holy One, but for His grace); he repents. There can be no repentance without a clear vision of God.
Here's a hair-raisingly amazing fact: the end of our story is already written (Rev. 21, 22). Job's story is our story, so although we may now be faced with tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, sword, death, debt, divorce, unemployment, war, rape, discrimination, betrayal, dishonesty, adultery, addiction, whatever - none of these things "shall be able to separate us from the love of God," (Rom 8: 39). In all these things, through the power and love of God "we are more than conquerors." Rom. 8: 37. In the end, if we remain faithful we too will triumph, "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." Rev. 3: 21.
Living for God is almost like a fairy-tale... only way better! And you know what - "It will be Worth it all.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgogwfswZ-A
This reading is based on Job 42. To read and/or listen to Job 42 and to read other related blogs please click here.