“What Lessons Can Be Learned About Suffering and Trusting God from the Book of Job?”

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“What lessons can be learned about suffering and trusting God from the book of Job?”

Suffering... The question “Why a suffering became” appears in human, who faces with problems and suffering. “If the God is kind, why I am suffering?”.. And the suffering has not pass me. In the Book of Job an author tries to give correct answer to the question. The Book of Job is the most profound and literary work of the entire Old Testament. It relates the story of Job, his trials at the hands of the Satan, his challenge to God, his theological discussions with friends on the origins and nature of his suffering, and finally a response from God.

The main idea of the book – the secret of suffering. People believed that all their sins were causes of their own sufferings. But God`s just reward of His people and punishment of enemies, as they deserved, was a problem, which always a testing of Old Testament Saints` faith. As Job suffered very much, his friends believed that he made some big sin. Though the book does not give full answer to formulated question, it shows that suffering and sorrow sent by God not only as punishment (Job`s example), but also as challenge and as development of human`s character, for exhortation and teaching. Unintelligible and pointless suffering of Job ends, when tired by everyday`s wisdom of Job`s friends, The God answers to the sufferer in the wind and the storm (38:1-40:2; 40:6-41-34), reminding to Job about His glory and grandeur, about hard structure of the world and its wonders. Now Job says: "I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted” (42:2). Job`s friends cannot answer to the question, there is no answer even in the end of the book (Job`s book). The author conveys God`s words – calling to Job, but this words don`t give any explanations, neither Job`s suffering, nor obvious meaningless life. Instead of this, we read wonderful, great poem about God`s almighty, about Creation`s...
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