Job explores the difficult question of God's relationship to human suffering, and invites us to trust God's wisdom and character.
Set in Uz, an obscure land far from Israel, during an unknown time period, the book of Job focuses on questions about God's justice and why good people suffer. At the same time, it also asks the question we rarely think to ask, why do good people prosper?
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Job, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the book of Job, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
Can you trust God is good?
Throughout the book, Job, his wife, and his friends speculate on why he, an upright man, suffers. Job accuses God of being unjust and not operating the world according to principles of justice, and his friends believe that Job's sin caused his suffering. Job decides to talk directly to God.
God reminds him that the world has order and beauty but is also wild and dangerous. While we do not always know why we suffer, we can bring our pain and grief to God and trust that He is wise and knows what He's doing.
God Tests Job
The book of Job questions God's justice. Will upright and blameless Job continue to serve God if he loses everything, or will he stay faithful?
Job Accuses God
Job accuses God of acting unjustly while his friends blame him for wrongdoing. They all believe God operates the universe according to rules of justice.
Job Questions God
Job reviews his good works and questions why God would allow him to suffer, but he sees his pain through the lens of his limited view.
God's Virtual Tour
God responds to Job personally with a virtual tour of the world. He reminds Job that His worldview is infinite while Job's view is limited.
Job Learns Trust
God doesn't explain our suffering, but He reminds Job that we live in a complex world and asks us to trust His character and wisdom.
So, you’re in the Old Testament book of Job. Way to go! Get ready for the mental roller coaster that lies ahead! You’ve stepped into one of the most sophisticated and mind-bending literary works in the Bible....