God proved to be Job’s friend, not the villain who took his money, children, and health.
We may not be completely sheltered from pain and suffering, but neither are we completely abandoned. God emerged from the silence to give Job a meaningful answer.
Understanding that God’s presence is often hidden in a spiritual cloud is perhaps the greatest realization possible. Like the Israelites at Sinai, most of us can’t bear more than a mere shadow of God’s glory. We prefer “dark sayings” over the most spectacular encounters.
However, God wants us to recognize that He sees, that His peace and joy can alleviate the shadows of pain and distress. We are sought after and kept by the most powerful Lover in the universe.