Is Job Focused on the Nature of Suffering?

In the Job volume of the NIV Application Commentary, John Walton (professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College) suggests that the book of Job isn’t focused just on the nature of suffering, the way we’ve always thought. Rather, it’s all about the nature of righteousness.

That’s a distinction that applies to the way we live our lives.

Because if our questions are too limited, he writes, we can instead begin to ask the better questions which lead to even more significant answers—and ultimately to the wealth this book has to offer. As we deepen our questions, God transforms how we think about his work in the world, and about our responses in times of suffering.

In the end, it’s not just about Job and his hardships. It’s also about us, and about God.

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Robert Elmer

Robert Elmer is a former reporter and copywriter who writes from his home in the Pacific Northwest. He has written more than fifty books, including youth and adult fiction as well as nonfiction. He is also the editor of the “Prayers of the Church” series from Lexham Press, which includes Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans and Fount of Heaven: Prayers of the Early Church.

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Written by Robert Elmer