The book of Job is the harrowing story of a man whose life changed so dramatically in the course of a few short days. It is about the problem of suffering; and the answer to the problem is not seen in the comments of Job’s counsellors but more importantly in his response to suffering. The book of Job teaches us how to respond to difficulties in our lives.
Job’s acceptance of his loss is a wonderful example of piety. When he responds with questions and even a measure of bitterness and anger, his frustration is always taken directly to God. Job never lost faith, he is a model of cross-bearing and he teaches us to persevere even in the incomprehensible ways of God in our lives.
Dr Derek Thomas holds a PhD in Calvin’s preaching on Job and is the Senior Minister at First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina. He is also the Professor of Historic and Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Atlanta. Dr Thomas has written other titles published by Evangelical Press; these include commentaries on Isaiah and Ezekiel in the Welwyn Commentary Series, as well as Making the most of your Devotional Life, Help for hurting Christians, Serving the King and Mining for wisdom.