Book 18 Job
Apologist William Lane Craig observed, “No logical inconsistency has ever been demonstrated between the tow statements ‘God exists’ and ‘evil exists.” In fact, the presence of evil actually demonstrates God’s existence because without God there would be on moral foundation for calling anything evil.
He’s right. Nevertheless the question of evil still vexes us, and it is difficult to explain the presence of suffering in the world. All of us occasionally ask the question: “Why?” The book of Job addresses this issue head-on. As the book opens we learn about human suffering, but by its conclusion we also learn a great deal about God’s sovereignty.
The outline of Job is easy to follow. The first two chapters are Prologue, in which we’re introduced to Job and his disasters. Chapters 3 through 27 are Dialogues, in which his friends reasoned with him about his suffering and suggested he had committed secret but serious sins. Chapters 28 through 42are a set of Monologues, mainly by Job and God. And the final problems are resolved and his wisdom deepened.
Righteous people like Job do sometimes suffer, and the devil himself is often behind our troubles. But God can be trusted, and we must learn to walk by faith rather than by sight. If you’re facing difficulty today, remember the statement of Job—words of sheer but splendid faith: “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him… I know that my Redeemer lives” (Job 13:15; 19:26).
Those who turn fully to God in sorrow—even if they argue, plead, and protest in His presence as Job did –will find a pathway to the tender mercies of heaven.
“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth.”
We must trust God even when it appears He is slaying us. (See Job 13:15).
Lord, whether You give or take away, help me say, “Blessed be the name of the Lord!”
Excerpted from “Understanding the 66 Books of the Bible” by Dr. David Jeremiah